A PUBLIC appeal will be launched this weekend to secure the future of ancient woodland in north Sheffield.
Already £400,000 has been raised towards the £1m to help manage Greno Woods for the benefit of walkers, mountain bikers, horse riders – and wildlife.
Now the Wildlife Trust for Sheffield and Rotherham is aiming to generate the rest of the money, largely through individual and business donations.
The launch is being held at a fun day on Saturday – the latest stage of the campaign to buy the woodland, between Grenoside, High Green and Ecclesfield.
After being in private ownership, it is temporarily in the hands of a charitable trust, which has agreed to sell it to the Sheffield Wildlife Trust on the basis of the £1m being raised within two years.
As well as extending and improving habitats in one of the largest and most wildlife rich woodlands in Yorkshire, it is intended to promote natural heritage skills such as coppicing and charcoal-making.
Stocksbridge and Penistone MP Angela Smith, who will be at Saturday’s launch with Lord Mayor Alan Law, described Greno Woods as being “of great value to both local people and wildlife.”
The wildlife trust’s initiative, “as well as delivering benefits for nature and the wider community, will also help the local economy, as wood from the plantation will be sold as bio-fuel and used to heat local schools and organisations”.
Sheffield-born actor, writer and TV presenter Michael Palin is also backing the appeal.
The £400,000 has come from Viridor Credits Environmental Company, through the Landfill Communities Fund. Other donations are now being sought, with the message that £10 will enable the trust to purchase 10 square metres of the woodland. Companies can contribute as a way of offsetting their carbon footprint.
The fun day, backed by Grenoside Conservation Society, will include craft activities, an Easter egg hunt and a display of birds of prey and other animals. It is being held from 11am-4pm with access from Woodhead Road.