Bird and bat boxes were a key priority for the Leominster Millennium Wood’s enhancement project to help preserve diminishing populations

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Leominster Millennium Wood Welcomes Biodiversity

Volunteers have been getting stuck into improving habitats for Leominster Millennium Wood’s enhancement project, with the help of Kingspan Insulation Community Trust.

As the name suggests, the wood was planted in 2000 and has seen a variety of species come to reside within the trees, hedgerows and wet woodlands. To support and encourage biodiversity across 105,200 m2 of woodland, Leominster Community Greening Group successfully applied for funding from the Kingspan Insulation Community Trust. The £2350 grant ensured bird and bat boxes could be installed to provide havens for diminishing populations as part of their Species Action Plan for bats. The team also planned to coppice trees to manage disease, tackle invasive species, create new footpaths with planting blocks, and improve existing pathways to address waterlogging.

A spokesperson for the project, commented:

“The funding we received has helped us to make improvements that are essential for the maintenance and development of woodland habitats. Our aim was to support species important to the River Lugg and its nature conservation status, as well as providing diverse woodland and nature walks for Leominster residents. An additional benefit is that the area also offers environmental education opportunities for our community.”

Chairman of the Kingspan Insulation Community Trust, John Garbutt, added:

“The UK has some incredible conservation areas and we are delighted to see proactive groups working hard to protect these green spaces. We’re pleased to have provided funding for the Leominster Millennium Wood as projects like this ensures visitors can enjoy beautiful, natural spaces for many years to come.”

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