LONGWOOD Village Group have won a grant to carry out conservation work on an area of local woodland.
The group, in partnership with Yorkshire Water, made the successful application to the Local Heritage Initiative for a grant of more than £23,000, for their WOODCHIP project (Woodland Conservation and Heritage Improvement Project).
The project will be based in an area owned by Yorkshire Water, known as Pighill Wood, near to Netherton Hill.
The Local Heritage Initiative is a national grant scheme, which helps groups care for their local area.
The aims of WOODCHIP are to restore the woodland to increase species living there; to inform local people of the importance of woodland; to develop access the area. It also aims to encourage school children to learn more about the project; to look after the area in the long-term, and provide opportunities for volunteers to develop conservation skills.
Longwood Village Group will be conducting surveys on the woodland area and hope to get local people involved by setting up a website and issuing leaflets to local groups and schools.
More information can be found out about the WOODCHIP project at Longwood Village Group coffee mornings. They are held in the Mechanics Hall , Longwood on the first Saturday of each month from 10am-12pm.