Woodland work will help wildlife at Skegby Hall

Ashfield District Council Chairman, coun. May Barsby, right,  unveiled a plaque in woodland at Skegby Hall on Tuesday to mark the completion of a recent phase of restoration work funded by The Veolia Environmental Trust. The Council project has worked to improve the habitat supported by pupils from Quarrydale School and members of The Skegby Appreciation Society who joined the Chairman at the unveiling along with Maria Cade, second right, Project Manager for Veolia.

Ashfield District Council Chairman, coun. May Barsby, right, unveiled a plaque in woodland at Skegby Hall on Tuesday to mark the completion of a recent phase of restoration work funded by The Veolia Environmental Trust. The Council project has worked to improve the habitat supported by pupils from Quarrydale School and members of The Skegby Appreciation Society who joined the Chairman at the unveiling along with Maria Cade, second right, Project Manager for Veolia.

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ASHFIELD District Council’s chairman May Barsby has unveiled a plaque to celebrate the completion of £40,000 of biodiversity improvements in the grounds of Skegby Hall.

The eight-month long project was co-ordinated by the council and saw trees and hedgerows planted to provide additional food and habitats for a variety of local wildlife.

Bird and bat boxes were also installed throughout the ancient woodland, while two of the historic ponds in the grounds were dredged, increasing their depth by removing years of mud and leaf litter and so encouraging more plant and animal species to use them.

Improvements and repairs to the weirs upstream of the ponds were also completed.

Funding for the project came from the council and The Veolia Environmental Trust, which awarded a grant of £31,200 through the Landfill Communities Fund.

Volunteers from Skegby Appreciation Society and students from Quarrydale School also contributed towards the improvements by helping out.

Coun Barsby said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with The Veolia Environmental Trust, Quarrydale School and the volunteers on this project.

“The dedication and hard work of this group has resulted in some fantastic improvements that will benefit the local environment and wildlife.”

The grounds of Skegby Hall are open to the public all year round and are an important part of the network of trails and open spaces throughout Ashfield.

Maria Cade, senior projects manager at Veolia Environmental Trust, said: “It is great to see this project completed.

“Green spaces like this make an important contribution to community life and the UK’s biodiversity and these improvements are an excellent example of how the Trust and the Landfill Communities Fund can help protect and improve them.”