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People will be able to easily find out information about a project that is helping to transform the Wyre Forest following the launch of a new website.

The Grow With Wyre Landscape Partnership Scheme has launched the website to give people greater access to details about projects such as orchard restoration, woodfuel initiatives, hedge planting, and wildlife habitat improvements.

Chris Mansell, Forestry Commission project officer with the Grow With Wyre Landscape Partnership, said:

“The website is an attractive gateway through which members of the public can discover what our projects are doing to improve the environment of the Wyre Forest, as well as our work to uncover and protect the region’s rich heritage.

“People will also be able to find out about exciting volunteering opportunities that allow them to take an active part in these crucial projects.”

There will also be regular updates on news and events, as well as information on what activities are available within the Wyre Forest.

Community groups can also find out how to apply for grants from the scheme to allow them to access the forest or take part in activities.

Visitors from outside the region will also be able to access information about the wider Wyre Forest area, such as attractions, accommodation and events.

The website - which can be found at - was designed by the Kidderminster based OGLComputer company.

Alex Byles, marketing manager at OGL, said:

“As a local company based in the Wyre Forest area, OGL Computer were delighted to create the Grow With Wyre website.

“Grow With Wyre encourages visitors to the Wyre Forest and seeks to protect the environment, increase awareness of the area and develop an understanding of its importance environmentally, socially and economically. Obviously we were very pleased to have the opportunity to create a website for Grow With Wyre, which can help achieve these goals.”

More information about the Grow With Wyre Landscape Partnership can be found by visiting the website.

Notes to editors

  1. The Forestry Commission is the lead partner in the Grow With Wyre Landscape Partnership Scheme, joined by Natural England, Shropshire County Council, Bewdley Development Trust, Butterfly Conservation, Worcester County Council, Wyre Forest Study Group, Wyre Community Land Trust, Wyre Forest District Council, Bewdley Development Trust and the National Trust.

  2. The Forestry Commission is the government department responsible for forestry in Great Britain. It supports woodland owners with grants; tree felling licences, regulation and advice; promotes the benefits of forests and forestry; and advises Government on forestry policy. It manages more than a million hectares (2.5 million acres) of national forest land for public benefits such as sustainable timber production, public recreation, nature conservation, and rural and community development. For further information, visit The Forestry Commission is the Lead Partner in the ‘Grow With Wyre’ Scheme.

  3. The Grow With Wyre Landscape Partnership Scheme is being delivered by a partnership of the following organisations; Heritage Lottery Fund, Forestry Commission, Natural England, Wyre Forest District Council, Worcestershire County Council, Butterfly Conservation, Shropshire County Council, Wyre Forest Community Land Trust, Wyre Forest Study Group, National Trust and Bewdley Development Trust.

  4. The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) awarded a grant of £1.86 million to the Grow With Wyre’ Landscape Partnership Scheme.  HLF enables communities to celebrate, look after and learn more about our diverse heritage. From our great museums and historic buildings to local parks and beauty spots or recording and celebrating traditions, customs and history, HLF grants open up our nation’s heritage for everyone to enjoy. They have supported more than 33,900 projects, allocating £4.4billion across the UK.  Website:

  5. GrantScape – GrantScape has a twelve-year environmental and community grant-making heritage. It is also a major funder of biodiversity projects across England and Wales (see  Since 2005, GrantScape has awarded some £10 million through its Biodiversity Challenge Fund to 25 major projects considered to deliver the most significant gains for UK Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) priority habitats and species. Grow with Wyre’s “Rejuvenating Traditional Orchards, Special Trees and Ancient Hedgerows” project was one of six grant award winners under its 2007 Biodiversity Challenge Fund.  The £294,000 grant from GrantScape is being made available through the Landfill Communities Fund, using monies provided by Waste Recycling Group Ltd.

Media contacts:

Bob Griffiths (Wyre Forest Landscape Partnership/Forestry Commission) on 01905 533838 or email or contact Alison Coggon (Administrative Officer - Grow With Wyre) on 01584-813828 or email