Charity rewarded for woodland work
AN environmental charity has received a prestigious award for its work on Whinney Hill Woodland improvements.
The Prospects Foundation, based in Accrington, received the Best Practice Award in the ‘general environmental project’ category from the Lancashire Environmental Fund. A group of volunteers - known as WOODY - helped cut down large trees and install benches.
Roger Plum, who led the woodland improvement project, said: “The judge was impressed with the community aspect of the project because the work was done by volunteers and the volunteers had benefitted from training courses as part of the project.
“The woodland improvement tasks included cutting back shrubs and ground cover to improve paths, clearing and exposing a set of steep steps, hazel coppicing, repairing existing and installing new kissing-gates, replacing sections of fencing and providing information boards.
“There was a treefelling course using small hand tools and volunteers had training on various aspects of woodland management at the practical sessions. A dawn chorus walk and two guided walks for local people took place.”