Funding boost for woodland oases

The Towers in Cleveleys are set to be revitalised after a cash grant was handed out by the Forestry Commission.
The Towers in Cleveleys are set to be revitalised after a cash grant was handed out by the Forestry Commission.
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TWO woodlands are to benefit from a cash grant of nearly £24,000 to improve the areas and make them more accessible to the public.

Wyre Council has been offered £23,989 by the Forestry Commission to manage The Towers off Holmefield Avenue and Pheasants Wood off Amounderness Way, in Cleveleys.

In a report for the council to seek approval of the funding, it states there is a recognised lack of recreational woodland in urban Wyre and the grant “will enhance the visitor experience and help to encourage the use of outdoor space by young people and those with disabilities”.

It is hoped the investment, which will pay for woodland and pond management, footpath maintenance and improvement to wildlife habitats, will deter vandals and fly-tippers who have blighted the areas.

Coun Alan Vincent, councillor for Victoria ward, where Tower Wood is situated, said: “Any grant or funding is always welcome and will help us to improve these two areas.

“They are well used by Cleveleys and Thornton residents.

“We have problems with fly-tipping and vandalism but this money will help us to put the woodlands into better condition.”

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Wyre Council now needs to formally accept the funding offer and wait for confirmation from the Forestry Commission.

In order to be eligible for the cash, the council must first fund the works and then re-claim the grant each year over seven years.

Nearly £8,000 will be spent on the woodlands in 2012 and 2013, £3,358 the following year and just over £3,300 in 2014 and 2015. The year after will see an investment of £3,000 while £1,035 has been allocated for 2016 and 2017.

Coun Andrea Kay, councillor for Cleveleys Park ward, where Pheasants Wood is situated, said: “I’m ecstatic. This funding would be fantastic. It’s so important for the my area.

“It’s what the residents want. It would be lovely to have benches in the area so people can use the wood more.

“I have got five schools in that area, how wonderful for the children to go on school trips to their local wood to see the wildlife.”

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