Nettleham Woodland Trust is Ten Years Old
September 2016 marked the tenth birthday of local woodland charity Nettleham Woodland Trust (NWT).
To celebrate, a picnic was held in Monks Wood, part of Ashing Lane Nature Reserve (ALNR), Dunholme, on August Bank Holiday Monday. Trustees, committee members and their families, along with special guests, attended on a beautiful sunny day to enjoy sandwiches, homemade cakes and wine and walk around the Reserve.
Chairman Chris Williams spoke about some of the work of the charity over the last ten years:
- Estates Manager at Lincolnshire Police HQ gave permission for NWT to organise the first community planting event on their land in Nettleham in February 2008 and this wood became known as ‘PC Wood’;
- Less than a year later, NWT secured a 125year lease with Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust to plant around 20,000 trees on 15 hectares (35 acres) of farmland which would become Monks Wood. Almost all of the trees and shrubs were planted by local people, schoolchildren and youth groups during 2009;
- In summer 2009, NWT won the Community section of Lincolnshire Environmental Awards;
- In 2011, Lincolnshire Cooperative purchased 4.2 hectares (ten acres) of farmland adjacent to Monks Wood. The Coop gave NWT the lease to create a wet woodland with a large lake;
- In 2013, NWT again won the Community Section and were overall winners of Lincolnshire Environmental Awards.
ALNR, which now comprises 32 hectares (77 acres) of mature and developing woodlands, meadows, ponds and wetland, has seen a huge increase in flora and fauna (see Nettleham News print edition, autumn 2016).
Visitor numbers have increased and NWT continues to develop and improve parts of the woodlands to make them accessible to less-abled visitors.
NWT’s achievements over the last ten years are due to past and present hardworking committee members, supporters, Lincoln Conservation Volunteers, local businesses and numerous grant providers. We thank them all.
Trustee, Nettleham Woodland Trust