A NEW wood has been planted in the Pennines.
Kirklees Council's Countryside Unit received £36,000 from the Lottery to transform Merrydale Clough above Slaithwaite.
The group planted about 5,000 native trees and shrubs, fenced off the site to protect it from grazing sheep and cattle and created a circular walk around the area.
An inaugural stroll yesterday marked the official opening.
A new community group, the Friends of Merrydale, has been set up to help the countryside unit manage the area.
The new group is made up of local people, tenant farmers, Colne Valley Tree Society, the Countryside Unit and the owners of the land, the Dartmouth Estate.
Some of the land has been owned by the Dartmouth family since the early 18th century.
The Friends chairman, Guy Thompson, said: "This project demonstrates the benefits of combining community enthusiasm, responsible land ownership and Heritage Lottery Fund support to ensure that precious areas of our natural heritage can be secured for future generations."