Saltersford Farm Appeal

Saltersford Farm Appeal

£28,091 of £67,000 goal
33 days remaining

We have a fantastic opportunity to buy a 50-acre plot of land at Saltersford Farm, near Holmes Chapel. The plot, on the banks of the River Dane, is the equivalent of 25 football pitches. Our ambitious plans would turn what is currently a wildlife wasteland into a mosaic of meadows, ponds and woodland.

We have the chance to bring wildlife back to this intensively farmed landscape. With your help, we will create wildflower meadows, plant trees and make wetland areas.

Although there are already a few small patches of trees here, they are isolated. Our plan is to join them up to create homes for woodland wildlife like tawny owls and other woodland birds.

We also want to dig new ponds within wetland areas that will attract curlew and lapwings.   New species-rich grassland will provide homes to a variety of bees, butterflies and other insects as well as small mammals and birds.

Saltersford Farm is less than one mile from our Swettenham Valley Nature Reserve so buying this land will help create a corridor for plants and animals to move freely through the valley.  

This is too good an opportunity to miss! You can help us to buy this intensively farmed land and turn it into a wildlife haven.

We need your help to raise this money before 30th November. 

Let's bring wildlife back.

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Can you help us buy this land and return it to nature? With your donation we can buy this land and strengthen Cheshire's wildlife recovery network.

Please help us buy this land today.

Garden bumblebee

Donate £17

£17 could buy 4 square metres, making new homes for butterflies and bees
Ruddy darter at Abney Hall Park, Stockport by John Davis

Donate £34

£34 could buy 15 square metres, creating ponds for dragonflies
trees

Donate £80

£80 could buy 35 square metres, to plant carbon storing trees

Help us buy Saltersford Farm

Bring wildlife back to the Dane Valley
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Bring wildlife back to the Dane Valley

You can help us turn this farmland into a wildlife haven.

Imagine a wildlife-rich meadow, the scent of wildflowers perfuming the hazy air where butterflies drift by day and owls quarter by night. A pristine river winds its way through the landscape, home to jewel-coloured dragonflies and even the flash of a kingfisher. We could make this a reality in the Dane Valley with your help.

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What is the cost?

We need £467,000 to buy this land. We've secured a loan from a charitable trust, but there is a shortfall of £67,000. We need your help to raise this money before 30th November and finally bring 50 acres of Saltersford Farm into our care.

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Our plans

Once we have this land, we will create a network of wildlife-rich wildflower meadows and woodlands, intersected by ponds and scrapes, the shallow depressions so vital to vulnerable nesting wading birds such as curlew and lapwing. We will do this over five years, using the latest habitat creation techniques.

Local wildflower seed from our established Pollinating Cheshire meadows throughout the valley will help native species flourish. All trees will be from the North West to maintain local genetics and we’ll plant them mimicking natural woodland regeneration.

You can help us to buy this land and turn it into a wildlife haven.

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slatersford plans

What species will it benefit?

The result will be a flagship nature reserve that supports locally extinct and extremely threatened plants and animals.

- The native trees, as well as storing more carbon, will eventually provide homes and hunting grounds for spectacular species such as tawny owls.

- Improvements to the watercourse will benefit animals such as the critically endangered eel, as well as those that use it for food, such as dynamic dippers and kingfishers.

- 14 of the 57 resident UK butterfly species are found nearby at Swettenham Valley Nature Reserve, including the common blue and small copper. The new meadows will provide more food and shelter for these and other precious grassland species.

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What will happen if we exceed our target?

Funds raised through this appeal will be used for the purchase and restoration of the land at Saltersford Farm. If we raise more than the money needed, donations will support the acquisition of more land to help nature recover in Cheshire.

What will happen if we do not reach our target by 30th November?

If we don’t raise all the funds by 30th November, we will extend our borrowing and fundraise over a longer time period to pay back the loan.

What will my donation be used for?

Funds raised through this appeal will be used for the purchase and restoration of the land at Saltersford Farm. If we raise more than the money needed, donations will support the acquisition of more land to help nature recover in Cheshire.

What's the land like now?

It has been farmed for maize and silage. With the exception of a small area of woodland, it’s of little benefit to wildlife. Years of ploughing and fertilising have eroded the soil and sent harmful chemical and nutrients into the River Dane.

saltersford farm now

How does this fit into our wider work?

To help combat the nature and climate crises, we’re working hard with others across the region to see 30% of land and sea managed for nature by 2030.  The purchase of this land and planned habitat creation will take us one step closer to this goal.

This 50-acre plot of land sits within the Dane Valley less than a mile from our Swettenham Valley Nature Reserve.  Creating and managing a wildlife haven here will strengthen Cheshire’s nature recovery network.  New habitat at Saltersford Farm will encourage missing wildlife to return and will provide more space for many of our threatened and vulnerable species. 

This purchase will be the first of many habitat creation projects across the valley and beyond. Acquiring places devoid of wildlife and restoring them to nature is a key objective in our plan to manage 30% of land and sea for nature by 2030.

 

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Your gift today will help us to buy Saltersford Farm and will allow us to turn it into a wildlife haven.
It doesn't stop here. This will be the first of many habitat creation projects for Cheshire Wildlife Trust across the Dane Valley and beyond.
Hannah Dalton
Senior Living Landscape Officer