Connecting People to Hyndburn’s Natural Heritage

Heritage Lottery Fund

In January 2019 we completed a two and a half year project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), which focused on Hyndburn’s treasured green spaces of Woodnook Vale and Peel Park/The Coppice. The project culminated with these two sites being designated as Local Nature Reserves – the two largest in Lancashire – and Hyndburn Borough Council now also meets its national target for accessible green space.

A steering group was set up for the project comprising of partners who were working with Prospects on the project. These were Hyndburn Borough Council, Lancashire Wildlife Trust, Ribble Rivers Trust, Mid Pennine Arts and Howarth Art Gallery along with two of PROSPECTS local community panels. Natural England were also involved as they are the organisation that approves the declaration of Local Nature Reserves and ensures they meet the criteria.

Practical conservation tasks were undertaken regularly on each site and included work such as: Invasive Species Clearing, Tree Planting, Coppicing and Tree Felling, Scrub Clearing, Meadow Mangement and Scything, Step and Path Clearance, Litter Picking, Fence Removal, Post Installing, Interpretation Board Installing, Hedgelaying and Dry Stone Walling. Training courses were run in Wildlife Surveying, Dry Stone Walling, Hedge Laying, Tree Felling, Safe use of Tools and Aquatic Invertebrate Sampling and guided walks  looked at the natural and historical heritage of the site. School groups participated in practical sessions and guided walks and families took part in tree planting and pond dipping. A Geocache Trail and Orienteering Course were also established on The Coppice.

Watch the two films showcasing these amazing Local Nature Reserves:

As the Crow Flies


Hyndburn’s Local Nature Reserves – the film of our celebration event that was held on Wednesday 11th July 2018 at the Haworth Art Gallery in Accrington.


Connecting People to Hyndburn’s Natural Heritage
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