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Celebrating Our Environment

The PROSPECTS Foundation won the Best Practice Award in the ‘General Environmental Project’ category for their work on Whinney Hill Woodland improvements.

The award from LEF (Lancashire Environmental Fund) was presented at the Annual Award Event held at Warton Village Hall near Carnforth.  The afternoon was spent with other winners celebrating partnership and successful projects and included a visit to RSPB Leighton Moss.

Roger Plum, who led the woodland improvement project said, “The judge was impressed with the community aspect of the project because the work was done by volunteers and the volunteers had benefitted from training courses as part of the project.

“The woodland improvement tasks included cutting back shrubs and ground cover to improve paths, clearing and exposing a set of steep steps, hazel coppicing, repairing existing and installing new kissing-gates, replacing sections of fencing and providing information boards.

“There was a tree felling course using small hand tools and volunteers had training on various aspects of woodland management at the practical sessions.  A dawn chorus walk and two guided walks for local people took place.”

A group of volunteers known as WOODY did the large tree felling and installed benches.  WOODY is Hyndburn’s woodland social enterprise involved in woodland management activities in various woodlands around the borough including Whinney Hill and other green space areas.

For more information and to get involved in volunteering at PROSPECTS contact:  Roger Plum (Connecting People to Hyndburn's Natural Heritage): 01254 230348 Extension 207, email: roger.plum@prospectsfoundation.org.uk  Tel: 01254 230348 ext: #207 or Mobile:  07974 626835