Nearly 10 acres of mixed woodland and brush, Tulgey Woods was purchased by husband and wife Sid and Sam Remmer to preserve the wildlife and protect the land from development. The woodland and brush are situated in the heart of the city of Plymouth and are an important ecological asset for the area.
- increase habitat and biodiversity
- improve the sustainability of local drainage provision
- educate and promote environmental innovation to a wide audience
- create an oasis of calm and refuge within the city for those in need
The main aim of the project is to increase biodiversity, however, they have found that although biodiversity has increased, with new species at the site being identified regularly, the project has brought so many other benefits to the community. It has improved the environment, helps with flood defences and has created lots of community involvement through volunteering and other community projects that use the site.
In the 7 years since the Tulgey dream started, they have planted at least 500 trees. They have also rescued many more trees that had been covered in bracken and brambles. Apex predators are now in the woodland with mating sparrow hawks and buzzards, tawny owls and little owls. They also have a number of beehives around the woodland as well as many bird species visiting the woods including redwings and endangered species such as Spotted flycatchers.
There is potential for lots more community involvement and education but they don’t have any facilities. They would use the funds to purchase an old double-decker bus that they can convert – this is so they are recycling but also by using a temporary structure it can be removed in the future without damaging the woodland.