New Approach to Greenspace Management!

Voluntary Action Barnsley, in partnership with the Dearne Valley Landscape Partnership, Natural England and Barnsley Council, are delivering a pilot project to work with communities to manage local greenspace in Grimethorpe on the West Haigh Woods Local Nature Reserve.

This model will concentrate on developing people skills and knowledge in green space management, to increase confidence and employability through managing spaces for people and wildlife. These are custodians, developing their group through practical and less formal routes in contrast to the ‘Friends of’ approach.

The pilot will look at the feasibility of a longer three year project to create a fully sustainable group trained in practical woodland management, making green wood products and habitat/species survey skills, holding the necessary licences for appropriate tools such as chainsaws. This model is one that can be replicated for other groups and sites in other areas.

Dan Wildsmith, Local Food Network Coordinator at Voluntary Action Barnsley said, “This is an exciting pilot project, intended to upskill and increase the knowledge of the most important stakeholders in local nature conservation, local people. We are thrilled, as a local CVS, to be working with these partners on developing sustainable models for greenspace management. We hope this pilot will lead to a project that could be a benchmark for such work throughout the borough and beyond”

Cllr Roy Miller, Cabinet Spokesperson for Place, explained: “People will act as custodians, developing their group through practical and less formal routes in contrast to the ‘Friends of’ approach we’ve seen in other areas.

“The pilot will look at the feasibility of a longer three year project to create a fully sustainable group trained in practical woodland management, making green wood products and habitat/species survey skills, holding the necessary licences for appropriate tools such as chainsaws. This model is one that can be replicated for other groups and sites in other areas.”

Susan Booth, Lead Adviser for Natural England said, “Natural England is delighted to be working in partnership to develop a custodian group for West Haigh Woods Local Nature Reserve. We look forward to being part of this new initiative to support local communities wanting to maintain their local greenspaces and become involved in the scientific monitoring of the natural world close to home.”

If you are interested in finding out more about the project, or getting involved, please contact Dan Wildsmith on 07810875537.

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