November 2019 – After 14 volunteer days we finally completed the Whinney Hill steps linking the Butterfly Meadow on the top to the footpath at the bottom. There are 84 steps in total. See further below for a video of the steps. We’ll be back in 2020 to add additional sections at the top and… Read more »
Feb 2019 – We have just finished thinning the western woodland at Whinney Hill in Accrington. This is the woodland closest to Whinney Hill Road. We started at the end of October 2018 and finished atthe start of February 2019. This was the first ‘thin’ of the woodland which was planted in about 1990. Trees… Read more »
May 2018 – We installed one of our ‘Coppice style benches on behalf of the Ribble River Trust (RRT) at Oakenshaw Weir in Clayton-le-Moors. The RRT has installed a new fish pass downstream of the weir which means that salmon can now use the pass to bypass the weir and venture further upstream. Our benches… Read more »
March 2018 – We helped the Prospects Foundation to install a memorial stone and three Birch trees to commemorate John Broadley who was a pioneer of the Church Prospects Panel and an overall lovely chap. It was a pleasure to be able to help out.
Between Dec 17 and Feb 18 we thinned Alder trees alongside the West Accrington Recreation Corridor that runs between Accrington & Church & Oswaldtwistle Stations. Also known as the ‘black path’.
We have been removing Maple and Rowen from a woodland at Plantation Rd to allow more room for native tree species. We ring barked some trees to provide some dead standing trees and brash piles to provide deadwood habitat. The non native trees have been replaced with 400 new native trees, including Crab Apple, Hawthorn,… Read more »
We’ve taken on a licence with Hyndburn Borough Council to use a site in Accrington. This is our temporary base where we’re storing firewood.
Over the summer months we’ve primarily been working to help eradicate Himalayan Balsam from a number of public sites across Hyndburn. These include Whinney Hill Greenspace, Huncoat, Clayton Forest Park, Abbott Clough and Rushton House Farm.
We ran a chainsaw course at Whinney Hill. We had four participants who all passed! Training our volunteers is a big part of what we’re about. We want to help our volunteers to progress and develop and chainsaw training is critical to what we do. So far we’ve now facilitated certificated chainsaw training for 16… Read more »
We were successful in an application to join the Plunkett Foundation‘s ‘Making Local Woods Work’ programme. The support is advisory and aimed at increasing the capacity of the business.