Friday, 2 October 2015

The Land Trust

 Rabbit Ings Country Park, Barnsley
Back in September I was lucky enough to be invited to Yorkshire to visit some community spaces and parks that they have created and manage.

In short, the Trust have taken blighted collieries and derelict pits and turned them into beauty spots on the edge of urban areas that are alive with wildlife. Rabbit Ings CP was my first port of call and it looked like a very interesting site. Rangers told me that even Short-eared Owls frequent the area during the winter.
 Frickley Country Park
Frickley CP was the next port of call. With its seven miles of paths I found it hard to believe that it was once a colliery.
 Frickley Country Park - another aspect
 Meadow Pipit
We visited a selection of other sites that they have crested in the Sheffield area including Warren House Park near Doncaster.
 A tribute to the National Bird drawn by kids in Warren House Park
 Dinnington Community Woodland
 Dinnington Community Woodland was my favourite spot as it seemed to hold a lot of potential for some good birds.

 I particularly liked the small wetland area on this site. Despite the heavy footfall from dogwalkers et al, I really felt that this portion of the site would make a great local patch.
TUB, the Land Trust's Ian Kendal and Sarah Williams
I admired the work that The Land Trust do because it really reflects my feelings when it comes to regenerating land 

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