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Care for the Chase

Care for the Chase

Cannock Chase is England’s smallest National Landscape and the Midland’s largest open green space.  At it’s heart is almost 5 square miles of heathland designated as a Special Area of Conservation due to its importance on an international scale.

The UK equates to 2.5% of the European land mass yet is home to 20% of its heathland, a predominately dry and open landscape with heather, gorse, bilberry, cowberry and crow berry and the occasional tree.

Heathland is fast disappearing from the British landscape with 80% lost in the last 150 years, so it is important that we look after what remains.  The heathland is home to species that are perfectly adapted to this landscape and are becoming increasingly rare.

Understandably we humans are drawn to these wide open landscapes and approximately 3 million visitors enjoy walking, cycling and horse riding on Cannock Chase each year.

This puts a lot of pressure on the protected landscape, please have a look at the campaigns and links below and see how you can both enjoy Cannock Chase and allow its habitat’s and species to thrive. Help us care for the Chase.

Also of interest

Image of the icons of the Cannock Chase Code

Cannock Chase Code

Simple steps you can take to help Cannock Chase thrive.

Find out about the Cannock Chase Code

Future Guardians

Resources for young people and those supporting them enjoy Cannock Chase

Click here for Information & Resources

Heritage & History

Our history is underfoot and untouched. Find out about the past.

Learn more about the History of Cannock Chase


Learn why Cannock Chase is special.

Learn more about the importance of Cannock Chase


Help protect Cannock Chase.

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