an exciting heritage project to conserve and manage some of Hyndburn's woodlands
The PROSPECTS Foundation received a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant of £95,100 for an exciting heritage project in Hyndburn. The project took on the management of 8 Lancashire County Council woodland sites in Hyndburn to conserve their habitat and heritage value for the future. The project involved local people, schools and volunteers in learning about, surveying and helping to protect these woodlands. As well as a range of volunteering opportunities in both practical management and surveying and mapping work, there was also a comprehensive training program in woodland management and woodland crafts along with public events including walks, cycle rides and events.
Another aim of the project was to map all the woodlands in the borough and carry out condition surveys of at least 10% of these to give us a picture of the health of the collective woodland habitat in Hyndburn. The information has been made available through the new Hyndburn Woodlands website.
As well as a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant, the project was also partially funded by the Windfall Community Benefit Fund, Lancashire County Council, the D'Oyly Carte Charitable Trust and the Woodland Trust.
The 8 woodland sites were: Whinney Hill 1, Whinney Hill 2, Huncoat East, Huncoat West, Martholme Greenway, Rushton House Farm Wood, Abbott Clough and Warcocks Green.The locations of the woodlands can be seen here: Woodland Locations
A walk covering some of the sites can be downloaded here: Hyndburn Woodlands Walk
Each of the 8 sites has had a condition assessment completed by Lancashire Wildlife Trust. These give a current assessment of the state of the woodland and also give suggestions on how to improve the woodlands. The assessments are used to help produce practical work plans for the site and are also a benchmark against which the woodlands can be reassessed at the end of the project. To see the assessments and a brief description of each woodland then click on the links below.
|Abbott Clough Woodland||Click here to see more on this woodland|
|Huncoat East Woodland||Click here to see more on this woodland|
|Huncoat West Woodland||Click here to see more on this woodland|
|Martholme Greenway||Click here to see more on this woodland|
|Rushton House Farm||Click here to see more on this woodland|
|Warcocks Green Woodland||Click here to see more on this woodland|
|Whinney Hill 1 & 2 Woodlands||Click here to see more on these woodlands|
Phase 2 of the Hyndburn Woodlands project started in July 2023. To find out more about the new project click here.
Watch the video below for a summary of the project.