Moresby Parish Council and West Cumbria Rivers Trust are celebrating a Development Grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund for Walkmill Community Woodland in Moresby.
The project ‘A Wilder Walkmill’ aims to improve the site for people and wildlife and encourage greater use of this fabulous community resource.
They have been given £121,423 to help progress the the project by carrying out surveys and consultations.
Jodie Mills, the Director of West Cumbria Rivers Trust (WCRT), said: “It is an honor to work with such a passionate and committed group of people who saved the site to ensure it remained a community asset for generations to come.
“We will be working with the community this year to explore the site’s fascinating history and to develop plans and proposals to make the site better for people and wildlife, in particular by restoring the river out of its concrete channel and creating more wetlands for everyone to enjoy.”
‘A Wilder Walkmill’ aims to improve access for all, create new and improved habitats to support nature recovery, increase volunteering opportunities and events and activities for the local community, provide education sessions and forest schools, and also an apprenticeship scheme to train young people in employable conservation skills.