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Connecting People to Hyndburn’s Natural Heritage

Heritage Lottery Fund



'As the Crow Flies'

Click on the title above to see the film from the Local Nature Reserve Celebration event that was held on Wednesday 11th July 2018 at the Haworth Art Gallery in Accrington.

People are loving the way it shows off the great spaces and the activities going on in our LNRs.

We are very keen for everyone to share the film - this could be a great way to build up the positive energy!

Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF)
The PROSPECTS Foundation received £89,300 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting new project, ‘Connecting People to Hyndburn’s Natural Heritage’, to focus on Hyndburn’s treasured green spaces of Woodnook Vale and Peel Park/The Coppice.
Now in it's final year the project is progressing towards it's goal to have Woodnook Vale and Peel Park/The Coppice designated as Local Nature Reserves. The two reserves will be the largest in Lancashire and also mean that Hyndburn Borough Council will meet it's national target for accessible green space.
A steering group was set up for the project and this comprises partners who have been working with Prospects on the project. These are Hyndburn Borough Council, Lancashire Wildlife Trust, Ribble Rivers Trust, Mid Pennine Arts and Howarth Art Gallery along with two of Prospects local community panels. Natural England have also been involved as they are the organisation that approves the declaration of the reserves and ensures they meet the criteria.
Practical conservation tasks have been run regularly on each site and have included work such as: Invasive Species Clearing, Tree Planting, Coppicing and Tree Felling, Scrub Clearing, Meadow Mangement and Scything, Step and Path Clearance, Litter Picking, Fence Removal, Post Installing, Interpretation Board Installing, Hedgelaying and Dry Stone Walling. These tasks are continuing and anyone is welcome to come and join us on Mondays and Tuesdays, details are in the What's On section of our website.
Training courses have been run in Wildlife Surveying, Dry Stone Walling, Hedge Laying, Tree Felling, Safe use of Tools and Aquatic Invertebrate Sampling. Guided walks have been run looking at the natural and historical heritage of the sites and also the rivers on the sites. School groups have participated in practical sessions and also guided walks. We have had family days doing tree planting and pond dipping. A Geocache Trail and Orienteering Course have been established on The Coppice. There will be more walks and activities planned until the end of the project in September so again keep an eye on our website for details or you can sign up to our email newsletter on our website.
We are also looking for people to become volunteer rangers for the two sites. This will include training on Health & Safety, First Aid and practical skills and volunteers will then have the opportunity to attend and lead events and activities  and also keep an eye on the sites and give help to visitors. As well as improving skills, meeting people and making a difference to the local area volunteers will also have valuable skills and experience to help boost their CVs.
If you would like to know more about the project or put yourself on the mailing circulation list for updates on forthcoming activities,
Contact Roger Plum at The PROSPECTS Foundation
tel: 01254 230348
mobile 07974 626835