Appeal for Plantation Wood volunteers

Reporter:

Georgia Macey

The Plantation Wood is looking for volunteers to support the new community space.

The wood is in the process of becoming a charity rather than being under the care of the Grosvenor Estate.

Councillor Paul Golborne said: “It is taking a while and we are getting a little frustrated but this way will work better for a small charity like us.

“We have no indication how long it will take for the transfer of the wood from being a Grosvenor Estate to a Trust.

“So far we have 12 trustees but we want this to grow and be a popular place in Ellesmere.

“We need funding and we need people to get involved and be part of it.”

The woodland dates back to the 1950s when the Grosvenor Estate bought the plantation.

The woodland today is full of trees of several varieties, with some very old oak trees, flowers including bluebells, forget-me- nots and snowdrops.

The wildlife is also thriving with badgers, foxes, rabbits, squirrels, birds and butterflies.

Friends of the group have been busy fundraising, holding a coffee morning at the Warden’s Bungalow earlier in the year, which raised more than £550 for the maintenance of the wood.

The secretary of the group, Marguerite Powell, said: “Our fundraiser in April was a success but people didn’t know what it was for and what was going on, so we want to change that.

“We have a very proactive community but we want more people to volunteer and raise money to ensure the sustainability.”

There are plans to use the wood for educational trips working alongside schools in the area.

Email:

georgia.macey@nwn.co.uk

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