title="Keighley Town Council in Keighley">

Guardhouse Urban Woodland Project

An unwelcoming allotment site will been transformed into an accessible  community woodland in Keighley West as part of a joint project between Keighley Town Council, Forest of Bradford and Tree for Cities.

Over £50,000 of grant awards have been secured to realise the dream of an urban woodland off North Dean Road, Keighley.
WREN is the major funder offering a contribution of £43000 with Trees for Cities and Keighley Town Council also investing in the project.

Over the next six months a large part of the site on Allotment site off North Dean Road will be enhanced, completing a number of enhancing works to ensure better accessibility, new natural recreation amenities and a large scale tree planting programme.

Keighley Town Council were granted permission from the secretary of state to change the use of the part of the allotment site to another "green use" to help create an urban woodland and ultimately protect the site from development, thereby reversing the trend that most urban woodland and open green space face, an unprecedented level of threat from Land development, growing populations and changing climate. 

Keighley Town Council expresses thanks to all involved in making the scheme a reality and has emphasised the importance of securing the land with a green scheme that will benefit the public. Keighley Town Council is delighted to have made the land available for the betterment of the area.

Existing path routes will be cleared, desire lines formalised and resurfaced to, where possible make it suitable to provide access for all users through,
and between aspects of the site. At the end of the project, the site to will remain under the management of Keighley Town Council’s Allotment & Landscapes committee and their Allotment’s Officer. The Town Council will continue to work with community groups to manage future events and further improvements.

It has not been an easy journey; the project has become a reality through the work of committed, passionate people who have worked tirelessly behind
the scenes over the last two years.

The original idea came out of a consultation process lead by the Keighley West Environmental Partnership and KIVCA with input from Keighley Town Council. Since then we have been working with a number of local agencies and gaining their input into the scheme.
Over 9000 trees and shrubs indigenous to the area will be planted along with creation of new habitats and providing an uninterrupted band of
tree planting from Newsholme dene to the centre of Keighley.

The region has a particular low tree cover compared to other parts of thecountry, with the south west of the Bradford region having a smaller percentage of woodland cover compared to a national average of 10%. This woodland creation not only helps address the gap but also provides a safe haven for wildlife. The woodland and hedgerow structure also creates uninterrupted flight lines for bat and bird populations as well as creating great places for people of all ages to enjoy some quality leisure time.  The new woodland will also offer opportunity for enterprise, surplus from which will help sustain good management principles.

The Woodland once established is a multi-faceted resource that contributes to our quality of life, our communities, the environment and economy. We
want to see community woodland which promotes healthy lifestyles and
contributes to viable livelihoods.

We've had a fantastic response from all involved in the project to date and we are sure those people using the adjacent woods and open space will be
excited at the prospect of a much improved environment on their doorstep as well as the opportunity to help create it.

There is a great enthusiasm and spirit being shown for these improvements and we hope this will continue to grow. One way of sustaining that
enthusiasm is by offering genuine training opportunities and learning
experiences.

There will be plenty opportunity for communities and community groups to be part of the journey and involve themselves in the decision making, creation,
management and recreational use of the woods. This includes community tree planting days, forest schools and wild foods workshops, dry stone walling, tree care and wildflower meadow creation.

 

Volunteers Timetable


Month

Date

Time

Activity

Who can join in?

December

 

 

 

 

Sunday

12th

10am-12pm

Bulb Planting

Mosque Groups [Full]

January

 

 

 

 

Sunday

3rd

10am-12pm

Tree Planting

Mosque Groups [Full]

Tuesday

5th

10am-3pm

Tree Planting

Public

Tuesday

19th

10am-3pm

Gapping & Walling

Public

Tuesday

26th

10am-3pm

Gapping & Walling

Public

Thursday

28th

10am-3pm

Edible Hedge Creation

Public

Friday

29th

10am-3pm

Edible Hedge Creation

Public

February

 

 

 

 

Monday

1st

-

Tree Planting

Schools [Full]

Tuesday

2nd

10am-2pm

Tree Planting

Public

Thursday

4th

10am-3pm

Edible Hedge Creation

Public

Saturday

6th

10am-2pm

Tree Planting

Public

Monday

8th

-

Tree Planting

Schools [Full]

Tuesday

9th

10am-3pm

Tree Planting

Public

Monday

15th

-

Tree Planting

Schools [Full]

Tuesday

16th

10am-3pm

Tree Planting

Public

Tuesday

23rd

10am-3pm

Tree Planting

Public

March

 

 

 

 

Tuesday

1st

10am-3pm

High Pruning & Tree Planting

Public

Tuesday

8th

10am-3pm

High Pruning & Tree Planting

Public

Tuesday

15th

10am-3pm

High Pruning & Tree Planting

Public

Monday

21st

10-3pm

Wildflower Sowing

Schools [full]

Tuesday

22nd

10am-3pm

Tree Planting

Public

Tuesday

29th

10am-3pm

Tree Planting

Public

 

 

 

 

 

All sessions are free of charge, supervised with tools & materials provided.

Please ensure you are wearing old clothes or work clothes.

We strongly recommend you wear safety boots with protective toe caps and bring waterproof clothing.

 

4 More Sessions to be confirmed