Since being announced in November 2018, continual progress has been made in fundraising efforts by The Woodland Trust, with over £500,000 already raised!
The 162 hectare Lodge House open cast mine, once a fully operational coal mine, situated near Heanor, is currently being acquired by The National Trust with the hopes of turning the once industrial location into a new woodland, with the first saplings expected to be planted this Autumn.
Under the plans, the 162 hectare site would house over 260,000 trees, and would become one of Derbyshire’s largest woodland. Production in the Lodge House open cast mine stopped in 2016.
Beccy Speight, Chief Executive of The Woodland Trust explained the move to purchase the mine: “It has the potential to be an attractive amenity; somewhere to get close to nature and enjoy peace and tranquility”
“If we are able to secure the land we’ll restore and manage the site for the long term and ensure it is open to the public and freely accessible to explore, as well as providing a haven for wildlife”
“Just 10 percent of the UK is wooded, which lags way behind the European average of 38 percent”
Since its initial announcement in November, continual progress has been made in fundraising efforts, with over half a million now ready to back the Woodland Trusts efforts. The first 250,000 saplings will be being planted in early Autumn. What are your thoughts? Do you support the move? Or feel Derbyshire’s heritage should be left as relics of old? Let us know in our Facebook comments!
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