Grants will enable more quiet enjoyment of woods

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Two grants have enabled a Lancaster community group to continue improving a “popular and valuable” woodland for wildlife and local people.

The Friends of Barley Cop Woods volunteer group in Skerton, has received grants of £450 from Green Partnership and £245 from EDF Energy, will enable the group to improve public access to the 10 acre woodland, and pay insurance to carry out management work this year.

Woodpeckers, tawny owls and tree creepers are among the many bird species visiting these woods since the group began their work five years ago.

Native woodland flora including wild garlic, red campion and bluebells are returning now thinning of the tree canopy has allowed more light has been onto the woodland floor.

The volunteer group, which has a formal management agreement with Lancaster City Council, is now enhancing its plans for the next five years.

Planned improvements include a gravel path through the centre of the area and hedging works along some of the boundaries.

Pete Turnbull, secretary of the Friends group said: “We are very grateful to the Green Partnership and to EDF Energy at Heysham.

“This woodland has become a very valuable and popular community resource.

“It gives people in this area direct access to the countryside for quiet enjoyment, particularly now the bypass is being built in the area the woodland acts as a green buffer between housing and urban development.

“It is a credit to the volunteers and to the environmental policies of city and county councils and EDF energy who are supporting us in our conservation work.”

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