A Hyndburn green charity has been awarded £30,000 to carry out environmental improvements.
The Prospects Foundation will use the funding from the Lancashire Environmental Fund to improve access and habitats to ‘enhance the existing flora and fauna’.
The project includes woodlands, a meadow and a large pond at the site next to the Sita-run landfill site at Whinney Hill in Accrington.
Roger Plum, a project officer at Prospects, said the ‘exciting project’ will include a new footpath, reducing the number of Himalayan Balsam plants and organising a series of conservation days.
He said: “Initially we will commission a habitat survey from Lancashire Wildlife Trust. This will help to inform the future management of the site which comprises distinct areas of woodland and grassland.
“The first major piece of work will be to create a new 625-metre path out to the west of the site that will form a link to Whinney Hill Road and Clayton-le-Moors beyond.
“People are already walking along this route, but it is very overgrown, boggy and unwelcoming.
“The second major piece of work will be to thin a large area of the existing woodland. Volunteers will help us to eradicate large areas of Himalayan Balsam.
“Other elements of volunteer activity will include new entrance gates, a noticeboard, bird boxes, benches, and waymarkers.”
Mr Plum said they will carry out a series of practical conservation days on site to ensure that the site is cared for in the future.
He added: “These will be targeted at the local residents and will include all elements of practical conservation such as meadow management, tree planting, pond habitat work, and nature walks.”
The 15-hectare area is an industrial reclaimed site that was landscaped and planted with trees a number of decades ago. It now forms a ‘green buffer’ between the landfill site at Whinney Hill and nearby housing. Prospects aim to gather a ‘dedicated group of people who will look after the site by the end of the scheme of works’, and said the volunteers will have access to their resources, expertise, insurance cover and tools.
To learn more about the project or to find out how to become a volunteer contact Roger Plum at The Prospects Foundation on 01254 230348 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.