Heritage Lottery Fund support
Following a public appeal and a further application to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), we're delighted to announce that we have now raised enough money to buy the last 26 hectare section of Greno Woods.
We've received a confirmed grant of £277,400 to progress our plans and secure the future of this magnificent habitat, protect the wildlife within it and hopefully encourage new and varied species to move in.
This HLF funded project will include: purchasing the 26 hectares, restoring areas of ancient woodland and heathland; and increasing the quality of wildlife habitats.
We're going to work with local people to identify and record the ecology and archaeology in the woods, so that we can plan future sustainable management activities, such as re-planting with native species, thinning the conifer trees, reducing bracken and cutting back the encroachment onto the heath.
Two other exciting aspects of the project involve a partnership with Weston Park Museum to create a new interactive installation to be hosted within the natural science gallery at the museum entitled 'Natural Connections' which will feature Greno Woods, its wildlife, ecology and conservation management.
A mobile phone app will also be developed to support a self guided walk around Greno Woods with an interactive map enabling families to enjoy an informative walk without a guide.
The project will also deliver:
Our ambition is to actively involve local people in the management of the woods: from helping to make decisions about how it is managed, to practical delivery of conservation and monitoring.
If you would like to be involved in the future of Greno Woods, please contact the Trust on (0114) 263 4335 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
A new section of access track has been installed with funding through Natural England's Paths for Communities programme - this will eventually be designated a bridleway and form part of a loop path around the woods.
Fencing for grazing
Fencing around the heathland has now been completed; this will allow conservation grazing to take place in the future.
Total raised so far:
A big thank you to all our supporters!