Peel Park Pollinator Survey Results 2023

Throughout the year, PROSPECTS has been carrying out pollinator surveys on Peel Park and the Coppice LNR. Measuring the abundance and distribution of species is vitally important for monitoring species health, climate change, and the effectiveness of conservation actions. Nationally, surveys provide data which allows climate scientists, conservationists, and insect experts to get a greater […]

First Memorial Park Session

On Wednesday 15th November we had the first Memorial Park volunteering session! Volunteers used hand tools to cut back and fell Rhododendron and Cherry Laurel shrubs to improve the biodiversity value of Roundwood! The team made a tremendous start! Around 6 shrubs were cleared with the arisings being moved closer to the road for later […]

Dead Hedges and Brash Piles – Peel Park and the Coppice LNR

Dead hedges and brash piles are constructed using twigs, branches and other cut vegetation. They form an invaluable habitat for a plethora of species. Invertebrates like insects, woodlouse and arachnids will use the piles to live in and nest. Some important pollinators like solitary bees will use hollow twigs to create their nests. Small mammals […]

Invasive Non-Native Species – Japanese Knotweed – Peel Park and the Coppice LNR

Like many Invasive Non-native Species in the UK, Japanese Knotweed was introduced by Victorian botanists as an ornamental garden plant. Sometimes called “Japanese Bamboo,” due to the visual similarites of its stems, but it’s shield-shaped leaves and purple speckled stems give it a striking appearance. The small white flowers that it produces in summer are mostly […]

Hyndburn’s Woodlands NOW LIVE!

The PROSPECTS Foundation is pleased to announce that the ‘Hyndburn’s Woodlands’ website is now live! The website can be found here: The website aims to be a resource to map, assess and manage the woodland cover in Hyndburn, with information including; condition assessments, timber volume surveys and Ash Dieback monitoring. The website will also […]

Pleck Meadow Path Opening with Mayor of Hyndburn, Cllr Abdul Khan!

On 17th March 2023, a year of planning and development finally came to fruition as the new path and bridge to Pleck Meadow were finally completed! Local schools and members of the public came for an opening walk and witnessed the Mayor of Hyndburn, Cllr Abdul Khan, perform a ribbon cutting on the new bridge […]

Winter Tree Identification Walk – Whinney Hill

On the 17th February the Green Team organised a winter tree ID walk with Prospects very own Woodland’s Officer, Gareth Muir. Attendees learnt how to identify tree species using different features such as twigs, buds, bark, growing habitat and surrounding habitat! This is quite a bit more tricky in winter due to the lack of […]

Spoon Carving, Huncoat East Woodland, Wednesday 15th February 2023

Participants took part in a spoon carving workshop at Huncoat East Woodlands. Sycamore was the wood of the day with participants using a variety of tools including’ froes, sloyds and crook knives to carve spoons. Many of the participants were total beginners and did well to make a useable spoon. PROSPECTS delivers a variety of […]

Half Term Crafting Club Monday 13th February 2023, The Woodnook Centre, Accrington.

February Half term saw the Crafting Club at the Woodnook Centre. Participants took part in natural craft activities including whittling! A skulk of foxes, mushrooms and movable rabbits were the order of the day, using locally sourced hazel wood from Hyndburn’s Woodlands. All made possible as part of Habitats and Heritage – Hyndburn’s Woodlands project, […]

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