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Newly-planted woodland and footpath in Cambridgeshire opened to public



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A woodland planted on the western edge of the city by Cambridge Past, Present & Future has been officially opened.

Professor David Coomes planting a tree at the new woodland. Picture: Cambridge Past, Present & Future
Professor David Coomes planting a tree at the new woodland. Picture: Cambridge Past, Present & Future

A ribbon-cutting ceremony at the woodland, and the path created through it, took place on Thursday, May 12. The five-acre woodland is located between Coton and Madingley and the path connects a public footpath between Coton and Girton. Over the winter, volunteers helped to plant 1,500 trees.

Prof David Coomes, a trustee for the charity who lives in Coton and who opened the new woodland, said: “Thanks to the fantastic efforts of volunteers, the new woodland will create habitat for wildlife, capture carbon, improve air quality and reduce rainwater run-off.

“We hope the community will use the new path and enjoy watching the woodland grow. I also hope that they can help us to nurture the new trees through their first year, it has been so dry recently that we are having to water them.”

Professor David Coomes cutting a ribbon to open the woodland, along with trustees, staff, volunteers and members of Coton Parish Council. Picture: Cambridge Past, Present & Future
Professor David Coomes cutting a ribbon to open the woodland, along with trustees, staff, volunteers and members of Coton Parish Council. Picture: Cambridge Past, Present & Future

The initiative is part of the Cambridge Nature Network, a vision is for significant areas of downland, fens, meadows and woodlands to aid nature.

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