CLIMATE Emergency Bovey and Heathfield are staging a talk next Wednesday, called Restoring Native Woodland on Dartmoor.

Adam Owen, the director of Moor Trees will be speaking on the work his charity has been carrying out to restore the missing pieces in Dartmoor’s landscape.

MoorTrees an independent charity based in South Brent, is dedicated to restoring native woodland on Dartmoor and in South Devon.

The charity collects tens of thousands of local tree seeds to grow in community tree nurseries, and the young trees are then planted as new woodland, shelter belts and field margins across the moor.

A spokesman said: ‘Dartmoor was once a much more forested landscape, thick woodland coating the valleys and lower slopes, flourishing with wildlife. The steep river valleys connected this woodland with the coast and the sea to unite a vast range of native species that could spread freely across the ancient countryside.

‘The area today is a tapestry of landscapes, defined by man over thousands of years, supporting a fascinating range of wildlife. Although we can never re-create the primeval forest, there is much that can be done to help restore the balance between open moorland and the rich, wooded valleys.

‘We aim to improve the environment and connect people with their forest heritage.

The talk, which starts at 7pm on October 12, will take place in the Riverside Community Centre in Station Road, Bovey Tracey. It will be followed by a Q & A session, and entry is free.