Woodland funding to give Doncaster wildlife a boost

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A £44,000 funding boost is set to transform a Doncaster woodland into a wildlife haven for plants and animals.

Doncaster Council has received a five-year commitment from the Forestry Commission to enhance the biodiversity (number of species) - and improve the public area - at Kings Wood in Austerfield, near Bawtry.

Work will include transforming the woodland, as well as improving access for people.

Councillor Bob Johnson, Doncaster Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure, said: “Woodlands and parks are very popular recreation resource for people here in Doncaster.

But, at the same time as welcoming people to these outdoor areas, we are always looking at how we can boost the array of wildlife too.

“The aim of this Forestry Commission funding is to remove selected non-native species such as sycamore to create open glades through the wood. This will be of huge benefit to a host of wildlife, in particular species of butterfly.

“Replanting selected glades and areas through the wood with a mixture of native tree species will enhance the age structure and diversity of the woodland, along with undertaking pollarding works to some of the veteran chestnut and oak trees. A hedge will also be planted along the railway boundary, creating another corridor for wildlife and enhancing the woodland edge.

“There will also be path improvements throughout the wood, along with the installation of benches and interpretive signs/notice boards.”

Doncaster Council said there will be plenty of opportunities for volunteers to help out with this work - including chopping down trees, planting trees or helping to establish a Friends of Kings Wood group.

For more details contact Ranger Dennis Roe, on 07717 701296, or check out Doncaster Council’s Countryside pages on the website www.doncaster.gov.uk

People interested in getting involved in practical woodland management and conservation tasks, will also be given the opportunity to join staff every Wednesday and Friday from 9am, from now up until the December 20, 2013.