Ground Control invests in the Wildfell Centre for Environmental Recovery
A 296-acre site, dedicated to helping landowners unlock the potential of their underutilised land for nature’s recovery.
A new rewilding centre – one of the largest in the country – has been launched by Ground Control to showcase and share the best biodiversity and sustainability practices in land management.
The Wildfell Centre for Environmental Recovery, a 296-acre site near Braintree, will be dedicated to helping landowners unlock the potential of their underutilised land with the potential to increase environmental and societal value for generations to come.
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After buying the site for £2m, Ground Control – the UK’s leading landscape and maintenance contractor – will lead in its transformation into a research and training facility, providing guidance and hands-on learning opportunities in woodland creation, meadow & hedgerow restoration, and biodiverse habitat restoration.
Our clients and landowners will also have the opportunity to learn from evidence-based trials in sequestering carbon whilst increasing biodiversity and sustainability practices relevant to their landbank.
Sustainability leaders celebrate the launch at Green Gains Live
To mark the centre’s launch, sustainability leaders from organisations such as Anglian Water, Network Rail, Forestry England, JLL, Guinness, Fujitsu, Aviva and Network Rail attended our first ‘Green Gains Live’ summit to discuss ways to better utilise land to support environmental recovery.
Green Gains keynote speaker Chair of Natural England Tony Juniper CBE welcomed the project, he said – “Environmental ambition must today go beyond protecting what’s left of our natural world to embrace plans for its recovery. One vital aspect of what is needed are compelling examples of success to inspire more investment and action, including trailblazing initiatives from businesses like Ground Control’s Wildfell Project.”
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Ground Control director Kim Morrish said,