A community group originally formed 20 years ago finally sprang back into action at the weekend.
The Cliffe Woods Conservation Group was set up to manage the woodland in Clayton West.
But after completing much work on the beauty spot the group fizzled out and there hadn’t been any proper management of the woods for 14 years.
The group was recently restarted by Andy Wickham, a countryside officer at Kirklees Council.
It was relaunched at the weekend as volunteers gathered to clear footpaths.
They were joined by members of the 10 Villages Conservation Group, which works on projects around the Denby Dale Parish.
As their initial project volunteers cut back vegetation to clear 50 metres of footpaths.
The group has secured £15,000 of funding for future tasks.
These include improving drystone wall perimeters and fences, increasing the number of wild flowers and putting up bird boxes to encourage more wildlife.
Andy said: “It has been 14 years since there was management on the woods.
“As the work was completed it got to the point that there was not much for the group to do and it fizzled out.
“A few people mentioned to me that there were things that needed doing.
“I thought let’s revisit it and start knocking the woods back into shape.”
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