Blackberries along Heydon Road, nr Abel Heath


To preserve what is good and improve what is bad in our natural habitats.



We help preserve and improve natural habitats attracting wildlife.

We support and encourage the planting of native trees, hedges and flowers.

We aim to raise awareness of the impact of climate change on biodiversity.

From insects, fish, birds and mammals to fungi, flowers, hedges and trees, we want to ensure nature thrives in Aylsham. We aim to preserve what is good and improve what is poor.

Aylsham is bordered by two rivers, the Bure, stretching from Melton Constable inland to Gorleston on the coast, and the Mermaid, a tributary of the Bure. While much of the town is housing and business premises, there are also playing fields, woodland and farmland.

We are fortunate in having a number of wooded areas around Aylsham, but we would like to plant even more trees. In cooperation with local government and national bodies, we support tree-planting schemes so our community can benefit from trees for generations to come.

Over the years, the loss of hedgerows and margins on farmland and reliance on pesticides and herbicides has reduced biodiversity across the countryside. We encourage nature-friendly farming where food production and wildlife coexist. New housing developments often deplete wildlife habitat, but we can give nature a home too.

Marriott’s Way

Take the Marriott’s Way as an example. This 26-mile disused railway isn’t only a peaceful walking and cycling track, but an important nature corridor and wildlife haven. Oaks, hawthorns, brambles and wildflowers provide cover, nest sites and food for insects, birds and small mammals.

Our gardens and verges also provide a network of mini habitats linking residential areas to the countryside. Native trees, shrubs and flowers as well as ponds, compost heaps and deadwood attract birds, insects, frogs, voles and shrews. Food stations are a lifeline for hedgehogs and endangered birds, such as starlings and greenfinches, as are nest boxes for swifts.

Protecting our natural environment is a major task, but a rewarding one.

If you are interested in helping, on a regular basis or on occasions, we would welcome your support.

You Can Help

Plant A Tree!

You can help towards achieving the carbon neutral goal by planting native trees in your garden, which will help reduce carbon emissions and help prevent the decline in local wildlife by providing them with a source of food and shelter – enabling you and your children/grandchildren to observe wildlife up close.

Dog rose flowers appear in May and June and range in colour from pale to deep pink.

News from ACE – Nature

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