Woodland group receive cash boost to help work

Volunteers of Friends of Buntings Wood, Thorne have received funding from WREN. Picture: Andrew Roe
Volunteers of Friends of Buntings Wood, Thorne have received funding from WREN. Picture: Andrew Roe

VOLUNTEERS who have been working tirelessly for nearly 20 years to look after community woodland have been awarded £5,300 in funding.

Friends of Buntings Wood (FOBWO), which was set up in 1993 to look after the 32 hectare site in Thorne, has been given the money to improve access and woodland management at the site.

The cash boost has been given by Waste Recycling Environment (WREN), a not for profit business which awards grants to community, environment and heritage projects across the UK.

Speaking about the £5,352 funding FOBWO chairman Craig Nicholas said: “This funding will allow us to develop the woodland and continue our work at a more rapid pace.

“We were knocked back for funding a number of years ago so I think this will really galvanise people.

“It will also have a knock on affect for other charitable and voluntary organisations that use Buntings Wood.”

As well as being a popular area for walks the site is used as an educational resource running guided walks for a variety of.

Freddie Whitehead, FOBWO secretary added: “We are over the moon, this money will allow us to develop and improve the facilities for the people of Thorne and Moorends and the surrounding districts.

“As we are a voluntary group we rely and grants like this and donations to keep going.”

Over £300,000 has been awarded in total by WREN to ten worthwhile community projects throughout Yorkshire and Humber.

Penny Beaumont, WREN’s grant manager, encourages projects in Humber and Yorkshire to get their bids in. “We’re keen to receive applications from community projects, such as play areas, village halls and sports clubs that need funding to make a real difference to their local area.

“Times are tight and it is proving ever more difficult for grass roots projects to apply for public funding. WREN is in a position to award funds to projects that will make a positive, long-term impact.”

WREN is able to provide the grants thanks to money paid into the Landfill Communities Fund by FCC Environment. Projects must be based within ten miles of a FCC Environment landfill site to qualify for funding

To find out more about WREN visit www.wren.org.uk