Appeal to boost Pretty Corner beauty spot

An appeal has gone out to raise funds to make North Norfolk's Pretty Corner beauty spot even prettier.

Improvements to paths, and additional trails and information boards are planned at the woodland area near Sheringham.

But the Woodland Trust is appealing for support to reach the final �20,000 to carry out the work, having already �156,000 towards the project.

The trust has been working with North Norfolk District Council and Sheringham Town Council, with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Forestry Commission Rural Development Programme for England.

Pretty Corner site manager Michael Ryder said: "Last year we were successful in extending Pretty Corner Woods for the people of Sheringham and Norfolk. We asked those living locally what they wanted from the woods – and they told us that accessibility was key.

'If we are able to raise the final �20,000 then it will mean we can fund all of the improvements requested for Pretty Corner, we hope people think it's a project worth contributing to!"

The site is filled with a variety of flora and fauna; including the pipistrelle bat, common shrew, adder and the elusive roe deer. The wood is also awash with birdsong; the bullfinch, spotted flycatcher and song thrush can all be seen and heard, with kingfishers being sighted around the ponds too.

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Fourteen species of butterfly have been recorded; including comma, holly blue and common blue. Plant life includes indicators of ancient woodland, with wood sorrel, early purple orchid, twayblade and bluebell all gracing the forest floor.

The Woodland Trust's work at Pretty Corner is part of the charity's aim to protect the existing 12 per cent of woodland cover in the UK and plant millions more trees as part of its Jubilee Woods project.

To find out how to contribute to the Pretty Corner appeal visit www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/oldwood