WORK to improve access to woodland has started after the scheme received £40,955 from Malvern Hills District Council.
The cash for the project, at the community woodland in Townsend Way, has come from Section 106 money – funds distributed by developers as part of legal agreements associated to planning applications.
The grant has already supported the installation of a new bridge, and the next stage is for paths through the woodland to be surfaced with stone to make access easier for local people.
Beck Baker, the trust’s community and conservation officer said: “We are delighted that our funding application for a grant to enable us to undertake these access improvements was successful.”
She thanked Malvern Hills District Council for its support.
“We will be able to provide better access through this wonderful woodland and encourage more local people to enjoy and explore this fantastic green space.”
Local path diversions are in place for public safety whilst the surfacing is underway.
In addition to the path works, new benches and signs are also being installed to allow people to rest and find out more about the woodland’s nature and history.
Beck added: “This woodland has so much potential and there are hundreds of people who live nearby who perhaps don’t know about it or that it is open for public access.
“In the current crisis it is even more important to stay healthy and well by getting outdoors.
“By improving the condition of the paths and providing more visitor information we hope to bring more people to explore and care for what is an important local green space.”
Benches have been donated to the Trust by local people and there are still some available.
Those wishing to contribute towards a bench are encouraged to take a look at their website www.malvernhills.org.uk/get-involved or call 01684 892002.
The Community Woodland came under the Trust’s jurisdiction in the mid-1990s after the construction of Townsend Way and the development of the nearby industrial and retail parks.
Go to www.malvernhills.org.uk for more on the project.