Siddick Woodland underwent a makeover thanks to a £3000 grant from Wythegill Community Benefit Fund.
The woodland is approximately 25 – 30 years old and was used by the mining industry until its closure; since then is has become a green space for the village. After many years of neglect the unloved site was subject to much fly-tipping.
The project aimed to resolve these issues and improve the future viability of the site. It is managed by Workington Town Council and projects have included clearing out rubbish, improving the health of existing trees through arboricultural work, and planting new shrubs and trees.
Many activities were held at the site, including a tree planting day. Approximately fifty young trees were planted including beech, silver, birch, holly, and cherry trees. This was followed by a shrub planting day which included holly, hazel, crab apple and elder.
In addition to the works programme, a number of community events have been held in the woodland, including craft activities and nature hunts. Young volunteers have also assisted with the creation of a ‘bug hotel’ and nest boxes. 49 participants got involved which is a fantastic result for such a small community.