Char­ity re­warded for wood­land work

Accrington Observer - - YOUR PICTURES -

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.”

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