Having been granted £121,423 from the National Lottery Heritage Fund for the development of Walkmill Woodland in Moresby, our aim is to improve this historical and naturally diverse site for both people and wildlife.
Walkmill Community Woodland is a vital and much loved open space, which was saved from sale by Cumbria County Council in 2018 and is now designated as a community asset. It is important because of it’s significant historical and industrial heritage.
In partnership with Moresby Parish Council and the Walkmill Activity Group, and after carrying out initial surveys and consultations with local people, we intend to encourage greater use of this fantastic community resource, and plan to apply for a full National Lottery Grant in Spring 2023 to fund the ongoing project.
‘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 run an apprenticeship scheme to train young people in employable conservation skills.
We’re aiming to make volunteering at Walkmill as inclusive and accessible to all as we can. If you are interested in getting involved with the project through conservation volunteering, historical research, or citizen science, please contact Sarah Clarke at firstname.lastname@example.org
The sort of volunteer work you can expect to do may include meadow restoration (clearing vegetation and planting wildflowers), woodland management, fence removal, tree maintenance amongst other things.