Chorley woodland given funding boost

by | Jan 19, 2017 | Featured Slider, Latest, News

The Woodland Trust has been awarded £10,000 by the Lancashire Environmental Fund to help make Whittle Spinney, near Chorley, more accessible for local people.

The work includes improving 800m of pathways which have become very wet, muddy and difficult to use. Seven entrances will also be upgraded to new kissing gates, areas of fencing will be improved and some steps and handrail are due to be replaced.

The work will cost just over £13,000 in total and will take place early 2017.

Colin Riley, site manager for the Woodland Trust, said: “Whittle Spinney is a very popular and well-used wood, which has meant that the paths and gates have become damaged over time. I hope the funding from LEF will mean that this woodland will be made accessible and welcoming to even more local people.”

Whittle Spinney runs along the M61 motorway and is also surrounded by housing. The line of the Lancaster Canal can be traced through the woods, and there is also a Catholic shrine to St Helen’s Well – which is now the motorway.

The Lancashire Environmental Fund (LEF) is a partnership between Suez Recycling and Recovery UK Ltd, Lancashire County Council, The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside and Community Futures.

The Fund has distributed over £20m of Landfill Communities Fund (LCF) grants support to community and environmental projects which benefit the environment and people of Lancashire since its start in 1998.  The Fund is supported financially by Suez Recycling and Recovery UK Ltd, Lancashire County Council and various third party funders.

The Woodland Trust currently owns and manages over 1,000 woods across the UK, covering more than 22,500 hectares. Become a Guardian of the Woods and support your local woods.

Photo Credit: WTPL/David W Jones