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About Heal

Our purpose

Heal is raising money to buy land in the English lowlands and rewild it.

We're giving land back to nature, forever.

Why do we need rewilding?

Ours is one of the most nature-depleted countries, ranking 189th in the world for biodiversity

41%

of UK animal species are in decline

1 in 10

UK species are threatened with extinction

133

species have gone extinct in the UK since the 1500s

A new national rewilding charity

Heal is committed to becoming the UK's first national rewilding landowner

We are creating new, species-rich havens to heal the land, heal nature and heal ourselves

What does Heal mean by 'rewilding'?

We mean giving nature the breathing space it needs to heal.

We mean natural regeneration of trees, plants and wildflowers.

We mean creating space where animals can live freely and vulnerable species can recover.

 
 

What is Heal's long-term plan?

Launch

Heal launched on 30 March 2020 to raise money, buy land in England and rewild it

Phase 1

Raise £7 million to acquire Heal's foundation site, Heal South, in the south of England

Phase 2

Rewild Heal's foundation site, renovate buildings and open all visitor facilities

Phase 3

Acquire and rewild a second Heal site in a northern English county

Phase 4

Acquire and rewild multiple Heal sites until there is one in every English county

What kind of land is Heal looking for?

Degraded

Land that, initially, hosts a poor diversity and abundance of wild animals and plants

Spacious

Land 500+ acres in size to provide space for roaming cattle, pigs, ponies and deer

Buidings

Land with buildings that can be converted to create spaces for public engagement

Accessible

Land that is within one hour's travel from nearby large urban areas by public transport

 

Reconnecting with nature

Many people’s link with nature is threadbare, with few opportunities to connect with it in their day-to-day lives. That's why our long-term plan is to make rewilding accessible to everyone by launching a Heal site in every English county.

 

Our visitors will come to spend time outdoors and to learn about rewilding, wildlife and sustainable living. We will provide affordable, inclusive nature experiences that deliver an array of physical and mental wellbeing benefits.

Some parts of Heal’s land will remain permanently closed except to staff and volunteers to give wildlife the seclusion it needs to heal.

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Why rewild the English lowlands?

Currently, lots of rewilding is happening in the uplands where very few people live

By 2050, 70% of us will be living in urban areas

By rewilding the lowlands, we are making rewilding more inclusive and accessible to people living in towns and cities

 
 

How will Heal fund rewilding?

Heal will mobilise funding from multiple sources to buy land for rewilding. 

 

Our sites will be self-supporting, generating revenue from eco-tourism , educational courses, events and more. We will create new jobs and bring economic benefit to local communities.

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Heal's unique land sponsorship platform using what3words

Businesses

Heal is helping businesses to deliver their climate commitments

Self-supporting

We'll raise money from eco-tourism, educational courses, events and more

Government

The new Environmental Land Management (ELM) scheme is coming soon

How does rewilding fight climate change?

Healing

The land heals and becomes better able to adapt to challenging conditions

Growth

Trees and plants capture carbon from the atmosphere through photosynthesis

Protection

Rewilding protects underground stores of soil carbon from being released into the air

Prevention

Rewilding prevents the emission of greenhouse gases from substances such as fertilisers 

 
 

Who is behind Heal?

Our Team

The staff and trustees that founded Heal in March 2020

Advisors

Donating valuable skills, knowledge and guidance 

Heal Future Panel

Making sure Heal works for people of all ages and backgrounds

Heal Helpers

The 180+ generous volunteers at the heart of Heal

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What will rewilding look like?

Rewilding heals the land from the ground up.

The first signs of change are invisible to the human eye, occurring deep in the soil and at the invertebrate level.

It may take several years before we see dramatic changes above ground, such as the emergence of new trees and plants and the return of long-lost animal species.

Don't just take our word for it...

Where can I learn about rewilding?

We've put together a list of the books that have inspired and guided us along the way

Read from a selection of articles written by us at Heal and special guest writers

 

How can I support Heal?

Sponsor a square

Sponsor a 3m x 3m square of land for Heal to rewild in your name

Donate regularly

Give ongoing support through recurring payments

Donate once

Give rewilding a helping hand with a one-off donation

 

Give your time

Donate your time, skills or expertise and join the Heal Helper family

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Friends of Heal

Become a Friend of Heal and access exclusive benefits

Heal Talks

Join one of Heal's fundraising webinars and workshops

Tel: 020 3355 2149

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