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Connecting People to Hyndburn’s Natural Heritage

The PROSPECTS Foundation has received £89,300 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting new project, ‘Connecting People to Hyndburn’s Natural Heritage’, which will focus on Hyndburn’s treasured green spaces of Woodnook Vale and Peel Park/The Coppice.

Starting in April, the project will involve families, volunteers, community groups and schools in protecting, improving and learning about the natural and industrial heritage of these wonderful nature areas; a key aim is also to set up a Volunteer Ranger team which will help to look after the sites once the project finishes in September 2018.

There will be a programme of activities for local people to get involved in, including wildflower meadow planting, woodland management, drystone walling, guided heritage walks and cycle rides, improving footpaths, learning about rivers and how to survey natural habitats, making bird boxes, ‘Geocaching’, family mini-beast hunts, guided nature photography walks and much much more……

These activities will enable people to learn about why these natural areas of woodlands, heathlands, rivers and meadows are so important for wildlife and for the health of the local communities. People will also learn about the industrial heritage of the sites, such as the remains of Shoe Mill in Woodnook Vale and those of Plantation Mill in Peel Park/The Coppice.

Organisations helping to deliver the project include Ribble Rivers Trust, Lancashire Wildlife Trust, Hyndburn Borough Council and Lancashire County Council. As well as a Heritage Lottery Fund grant, the project is also partially funded by the Windfall Community Benefit Fund and Lancashire County Council.

Commenting on the award, Chair of The PROSPECTS Foundation Phil Barwood MBE said: “We are thrilled to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and look forward to a fantastic range of events and activities which will engage local people, groups and schools in these wonderful green spaces which Hyndburn is lucky to have. A lot of people know about Woodnook Vale and Peel Park/The Coppice but don’t always know about the natural biodiversity of those areas or even the historical background. This project will give people the chance to learn so much through fun and sociable activities and also enable people to volunteer their time to help protect the areas for future generations to come.”

Sara Hilton, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund North West said “The Heritage Lottery Fund is delighted to support a project which will stimulate people’s interest in nature. Through the project the community will learn new skills, discover new passions and play their part as custodians of our wonderful natural heritage.”

If you would like to know more about the project or put yourself on the mailing circulation list for updates on forthcoming activities, please contact Roger Plum at The PROSPECTS Foundation on 01254 230348, email roger.plum@prospectsfoundation.org.uk or mobile 07974 626835