HEAL PROJECT AT PEEL PARK AND THE COPPICE LNR

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HEAL PROJECT AT PEEL PARK AND THE COPPICE LNR
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A project to help improve people’s wellbeing and manage the wildlife habitat at Peel Park and the Coppice Local Nature Reserve in Accrington.

This green recovery project is boosting wildlife and wellbeing at Peel Park and the Coppice Local Nature Reserve.

The Prospects Foundation is working on a new project to help improve people’s wellbeing and manage the wildlife habitat at Peel Park and the Coppice Local Nature Reserve in Accrington.

Gemma McMullan, Local Nature Reserve Project Officer, and Robert Gabryszak, Assistant Local Nature Reserve Project Officer, are co-ordinating a series of woodland, heathland and grassland management activities to improve biodiversity and tackle invasive species.  There are also plans for a new wetland area to be created by the Ribble Rivers Trust which will help provide natural flood risk management and new wildlife habitats.  Hyndburn Borough Council will also be consulting with residents about the creation of new footpaths at the site to improve accessibility.

The project will co-ordinate a series of health walks to help people get out and about in nature and improve their wellbeing, as well as helping to set up a micro tree nursery in Oswaldtwistle where up to 1500 tree seedlings will be grown from locally collected tree seeds for use in future woodland creation projects.

The project offers local people some great ways to enjoy the natural spaces right on the doorstep, with activities suitable for all.  Volunteers receive training to develop their skills and knowledge in conservation management, ecological surveys and species identification.

Pleck Meadow

Pleck Meadow was acquired by Hyndburn Borough Council in 2018 and following the positive results of a consultation in June 2022, a management plan will be put into effect this year.

Plans are going ahead on the 8th August 2022 to increase wildflower biodiversity by cutting a section of the meadow and removing the grass using a tractor. This will remove nutrients in the soil which benefits our native wildflowers. Seeds will also be collected from Slate Pits Meadow and spread on to Pleck Meadow to increase plant diversity. Grassland surveys and pH testing have been done on the site to best inform the management plans.

Plans will also be going ahead in Autumn 2022 to create new paths from Arden Hall and a wetland habitat to benefit plant, invertebrate and amphibian species. As a result, there will be workers and machinery on-site. Dates TBD.

The paths will increase accessibility to Peel Park and the Coppice and allow for visitors to take a stroll through Pleck Meadow. It will also benefit future conservation activities such as scything courses, survey training and species transects.

The wetland habitat will be constructed in partnership with the Ribble Rivers Trust and will help reduce erosion on public footpaths and increase amphibian activity on the site. Amphibians are the most threatened vertebrate class which makes any action to conserve them vital.

Please have patience whilst we help to enhance the site to benefit fauna, flora and people alike.

Get involved!

We have a weekly volunteer session at Peel Park and the Coppice Local Nature Reserve, every Monday from 10am - 1pm.  Come along and get involved with a range of conservation activities, learn new skills, meet people, keep fit and help wildlife.  To find out more email gemma.mcmullan@prospectsfoundation.org.uk, telephone 01254 230348 or call into the Prospects Foundation Environment Centre at 54 Broadway, Accrington.

As well as the weekly sessions, we also hold walks, events and training opportunities, please take a look at our events calendar to find out more.

Project partners and funding

The Prospects Foundation has received funding for this conservation project which will run until March 2023.  The project is being run in partnership with the Ribble Rivers Trust and Hyndburn Borough Council as part of the Health & Environmental Action Lancashire (HEAL) programme.  The project is funded by the government’s Green Recovery Challenge Fund. The fund is being delivered by The National Lottery Heritage Fund in partnership with Natural England and the Environment Agency.

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