Tuesday, 15 January 2008

Grants used to support native woods

From Lake and Echo website.

PEOPLE in Cumbria and other parts of the North West are being offered another chance to apply for grants totalling £120,000 to help make the region even greener, thanks to a Forestry Commission grant scheme boost.
The Woodland Improvement Grant Scheme (WIG) aims to provide landowners with support for improving public access and biodiversity.

Projects include work that benefits the environment and the creation of new places for people to enjoy healthy exercise.

However, time is running out, as the deadline for applications is Friday, February 29.

Peter Fox, woodland officer, for the Forestry Commission, said: "The Woodland Improvement Grants enable people to open the site up to the public and manage the sensitive restoration of ancient and native woodland.

"This essential work not only improves access and social benefits for local people, but attracts a wide variety of wildlife."

A recent successful applicant for a biodiversity grant was the Woodland Trust, who manage Great Knott Wood at Newby Bridge in South Cumbria.
The Trust was awarded a grant to restore ancient woodland on the site through the sensitive removal of conifers and to create access points.

Forestry contractor Simon Lenihan and his team were drafted in by the Trust to use horse logging methods on the site.

The team strive to be at the forefront of environmental timber harvesting and have invested heavily in modern technology, including a horse drawn forwarder...

Full story at Lake and Echo website.

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