A HERITAGE group has been given £25,000 for a woodland conservation project.

Woodscape, which is running a project at the Bradley Gate and Fell Greave woodland complex, has been given the cash from the Local Heritage Initiative.

The LHI is run by the Countryside Agency, which funds a range of heritage projects across the UK using an annual kitty of £8m from the Heritage Lottery Fund and £1m from the Nationwide Building Society.

The £25,000 given to Woodscape will be used to research the history of the woods at Bradley Gate and Fell Greave.

It is believed the woods were once owned by the monks of Fountains Abbey, near Ripon.

Archaeological and environmental research will be carried out by experts and volunteers.

The findings of the research will be published in a report drawn up by the Woodscape group and Huddersfield Local History Society.

A leaflet on the findings will also be produced for schools and the community.

Dawn Shelford, LHI adviser, said:

"Woodscape has identified a high level of interest by local people in the woodlands, but this designated ancient woodland could be under threat from anti-social behaviour.

"This grant will help Woodscape continue their work while helping to provide opportunities for community groups to take an active interest in the future of the wood."