The Lake District is a national stronghold for Atlantic woodlands and the lichen-bryophyte assemblages that define this habitat. In 2018, Plantlife was awarded a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant to deliver a two-year project (2018 - 2020) to provide people with an opportunity to explore the wonders of Cumbria’s rainforest.
The Alliance for Scotland’s Rainforest is a voluntary partnership of organisations that are involved with Atlantic woodlands along Scotland’s west coast. This is a collaborative approach to raise the profile, conserve and engage people with this international important woodland habitat.
The ID Trainers for the Future project, coordinated by the Natural History Museum was a successful partnership training programme delivered between 2014 – 2018. During this period, fifteen trainees across three cohorts undertook a one-year, work-based training programme and were provided with the opportunity to specialise in a taxonomic group of their choice.
The CENNAD Lichen Apprenticeship Scheme was a two-year Plantlife project delivered from 2016 to 2018 across Wales, by Project Officer Tracey Lovering. Here, a specialist lichen training programme was offered to 15 apprentices to develop their knowledge and skillset in lichen identification and recording.
Building Resilience in South West Woodlands was a four-year Plantlife project (2018 – 2022), to raise awareness of Atlantic woodlands across Cornwall, Devon and Somerset, whilst implementing important management works to ensure the conservation of these habitats.
The Make the Small Things Count project was a two-year Heritage Lottery Funded project delivered by Plantlife between 2015 – 2017, celebrating the Atlantic woodlands of the South West and the lower plants that are found there.