A LANDOWNER is creating a nature reserve.
Mr Steve Sellars, a self-employed landscape architect, has given 12 acres of his own land off Birdsedge Lane, Birdsedge, to create the reserve.
Work has started on the land and he aims to have it open next spring.
Mr Sellars, 59, of Greenfield Road, Holmfirth, was inspired to create the site after realising the difficulty that disabled people have in exploring the countryside.
He said: "My dad used to love walking, but in the countryside, not in parks.
"Which brings us to the question, where can wheelchair users go in Huddersfield to enjoy the surrounding countryside?"
Mr Sellars's scheme will include newly-planted woodland and wildflower meadows. He has also received planning permission for creating paths, fishing lakes and riding stables.
He has received some cash help for further tree planting but needs more aid if he is to realise his goal.
"My long-term hope is that one day I will be able to create paths for the disabled," he said. "It is not until now that I have fully realised just how great the need is."
Mr Sellars previously rented the land to farmers, until the demand died down.
To help Mr Sellars call him on 01484 684797.