an exciting heritage project to conserve and manage some of Hyndburn's woodlands
The PROSPECTS Foundation has received a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant of £95,100 for an exciting heritage project in Hyndburn. The project focuses on the long term management of 8 Lancashire County Council woodland sites in Hyndburn.
Supported through The National Lottery Heritage Fund, the project will take on the management of these woodlands to conserve their habitat and heritage value for the future. The project will involve local people, schools and volunteers in learning about, surveying and helping to protect these woodlands The project will have a range of volunteering opportunities in both practical management and surveying and mapping work. There will also be a comprehensive training program in woodland management, woodland crafts and identifying and surveying skills along with public events including walks, cycle rides and events. whilst also providing training opportunities so that people can develop skills to help them look after woodlands in the future.
Another aim of the project will be 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. A database of information will be created which will be made available through a new Hyndburn Woodland Website which will be created.
The project will run for 3 years and volunteer opportunities, training and events will be publicised through PROSPECTS Foundation throughout the length of the project.
You can become a regular volunteer, train up to be a woodland surveyor or just come along to individual events and activities. Details will be available through our mailing list so please sign up if you haven’t already or contact Roger Plum at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01254 230348 to find out more.
The 8 woodland sites are: Whinney Hill 1, Whinney Hill 2, Huncoat East, Huncoat West, Martholme Greenway, Rushton House Farm Wood, Abbott Clough and Warcocks Green.
As well as a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant, the project is also partially funded by the Windfall Community Benefit Fund and Lancashire County Council.
The locations of the woodlands can be seen here: Woodland Locations
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.