AN area of ancient woodland will get a new lease of life.
Kirklees Council is spending £50,000 in Lady Wood in Ravensthorpe.
The Cleaner Safer Greener funding will go towards a project to help protect and safeguard it.
The council says the woodland is popular with local people for walking, cycling and horse riding.
But recent misuse of the site by a small number of motorcyclists is causing a decline in the quality of the woodland, ruining the paths and spoiling most people's enjoyment of the wood.
The project should create a safe, accessible, high-quality natural green space for the benefit of local people and wildlife.
Barriers will protect the woodland from motorbikes and conservationists will carry out work on natural habitats to increase populations of woodland birds and wildflowers.
There will also be improvements to footpaths, new fencing and hedgerows, along with essential tree work and vegetation control.
There will be opportunities for local schools and community groups to learn about the history and ecology of the site, fostering a sense of ownership.
Activities will be lead by the Kirklees Countryside Unit to engage people in projects such as planting trees and wildflowers and building nest boxes.
Arts agency Loca will also be assisting the Countryside Unit by engaging local artists to work with school groups on environmental art projects.
Clr Martyn Bolt, Kirklees Cabinet Member for Highways and Environment, said: "I am delighted that we have been able to respond to the concerns of local people by protecting and safeguarding Lady Wood for the benefit of all the community. I would now encourage people to use it responsibly and safeguard the area from abuse."