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Butterfly Conservation Project

Greenham Common


October 2022

Saving the Wood White butterfly in the South East

The Wood White butterfly is one of the UK’s rarest and most threatened species. In South East England there is just one surviving colony – on the Surrey/Sussex border.

The woodlands, edges and verges between Chiddingfold, Dunsfold and Plaistow form a key area, being home to 20% of the Wood White’s entire UK distribution.

Project Aims

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  • Increase the distribution and abundance, and robustness of this last remaining Wood White colony in South East England;
  • Increase recording and monitoring of Wood White and other butterflies in this landscape;
  • Inspire a long-term legacy of habitat creation and enhancement;
  • Deliver valuable research on habitat creation and the dispersal and colonisation potential of Wood White.

How we will do this

The project will create a total of3km of new butterfly-friendly wildflower stripsacross this west Weald landscape. We will target woods, edges and fields around and between existing Wood White areas. We’ll work with the Woodland Trust, National Trust, Forestry England, private landowners and garden owners to achieve this. Kew and the Millennium Seed Bank at Wakehurst will help us todevelop a seed mixof crucial plants. They will also providetraining in seed collection and care.Ground will be preparedby specialist contractors. Volunteers can also get involved bycollecting and sowing seed, propagating and plug-planting, and deliveringpractical habitat enhancements. Then the volunteers can help to monitor the butterfly areas to provide valuable feedback on their success and value.

How to get involved

The Project Officer Fiona Haynes from Butterfly Conservation would love to hear from anyone who wishes to get involved with the project. You could help manage and create Wood White habitat on volunteer tasks, help with seed collection or propagation, or learn more about butterflies and bees on training workshops. Equally you may have a garden you wish to enhance for pollinators, or own some land where the project can get involved. Please contact Fiona- fhaynes@butterfly-conservation.org or07483 039323. Work for the Wood White butterfly will also help many other invertebrates and have knock-on positive effects on the local biodiversity in general. You can be added to a mailing list to get invites to events, or join Facebook page Wealden Wood Whites.

About the Wood White butterfly

This charismatic little butterfly looks similar to our more common white butterflies but behaves in a quite unique way. It has a light, gentle flight over the tops of grasses whilst it looks for the special foodplants (Vetches) on which it relies. Its courtship ritual is a delicate hypnotic ritual of waved antennae, clapping and even licking – a wonder to watch!

This rapidly declining species used to be found across much of southern England and into eastern Wales but its distribution has declined by more than 65% since the 1970’s.

Key species

The project will deliver an inspiring and engaging programme of habitat creation and enhancement that will help many rare and threatened butterflies and moths. Our project will aim to help the following key species...


We can monitor the butterfly and moth populations as the project progresses, also bees and other wildlife. Bee and Reptile experts will offer training for volunteers. IN addition to saving the Wood White in this landscape, the project will enhance our understanding of the Wood White and its dispersal and colonisation ability. This will provide valuable information that can help to save the Wood White across the UK. We also hope the project will inspire much more habitat creation, both locally and further afield.

When will this happen?...

The project will begin in October 2019 and run for three years (to 2022).


Our project is being delivered in partnership with…

  • Kew and the Millennium Seed Bank
  • The Forestry England
  • The National Trust
  • The Woodland Trust
  • The Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust

Project Funders

National Lottery Heritage Fund

new heritage fund

Lady Hope Playpark



April 2020

Lady Hope Playpark Plaistow

Public Consultation

Do you use the Lady Hope playpark? Would you like to be a part of its new ‘look’? The Parish Council is considering upgrading the playpark and welcomes your input. Please complete the short (8 questions) and anonymous survey to provide your thoughts and comments to help steer decisions. We look forward to working with you to improve this faciality for the benefit of the youngest members of our community.

If the public consultation box disappears, or is not present on this page you will need to close down the website fully and re-open, then select the Lady Hope Playpark page again. The Parish Council is working towards seamlessly integrating the consultation questionnaire into this page, however this process will take a few more days to complete.

The consultation will close on Monday 20th April 2020. This page will be regularly updated with information and progress on the project. Please contact the Clerk, Catherine Nutting, for more information 01403 820 737 | clerk@plaistowandifold.org.uk

Essential Maintenance

The playpark has recently been closed for essential maintenance to the fencing, ground condition and equipment. Due to the inclement weather the activity frame was unable to be painted. This will take place in due course and the playpark will be closed for a short period to allow the paint to dry. The Parish Council apologises for any inconvenience this may cause. The playpark will also be seeded in the spring; however there will be no associated closure.