Having successfully raised the funds to purchase Grove Piece (Blyth Woods first land acquisition) we looked covetously at the neighbouring field that could link up with the nearby public footpath. Malster’s Little Field was being farmed by Roger Desborough but was an awkward shape to farm using modern methods of machinery. So we approached Roger, after all nothing ventured, nothing gained. To our great delight he agreed to sell the 1.6 acre plot and it was not long before a deal was negotiated, subject to raising the necessary funds.
This time the Blyth Woods trustees decided to engage a professional fund raiser, namely, SJW Fundraising Consultants Ltd. They have a comprehensive database to identify donors mainly, in this case, trusts and foundations. And lo and behold donations came thick and fast from the following (in order of receipt):
JP Marland Charitable Trust
Lord Belstead Charitable Trust
Alfred Williams Charitable Trust
Martin Wills Wildlife Trust
The Swire Charitable Trust
Aquarius Charitable Trust
Banister Charitable Trust
Geoffrey Burton Trust
WF Southall Trust
Garfield Weston Trust
Prince of Wales Charitable Trust
Alongside the efforts of SJW, Blyth Woods itself raised funds, in particular with a vegetarian starters and puddings evening and an auction of promises. This event raised an amazing £2,500 plus and it is gratifying to have such a tangible sign of support from the local community. More details of this event and other fund raising can be found elsewhere on this website.
These combined efforts meant that sufficient funds were available in half the expected time to purchase the land and fund the immediate maintenance matters we had identified. And we haven’t allowed the grass to grow beneath our feet as can be witnessed on this website. Malster’s Little Field is already competing with Grove Piece for the number of saplings planted.
Do visit this newly acquired land to see how it is already developing thanks to so many generous donors and to the volunteers turning it into a community open space for all to enjoy.