We are a group of local volunteers who meet regularly with the aim of improving Toftshaw Pit Hill for nature. We will dig out the pond to stop it drying out in summer and create a reed bed to improve the water quality. We want to enable visitors of all ages to appreciate and enjoy the wildlife by constructing an accessible path, a dipping platform and two benches. We will install information panels which will show visitors the value of wildlife and explain how to pond dip safely. We hope this project will inspire local people to become more involved with the whole of the Pit Hill site and thereby foster a stronger sense of community.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
• By digging out the pond it will hold water throughout the whole year and be a valuable wildlife habitat. • The reed bed will allow us to improve the quality of the water feeding into the pond. • The new path will enable people of all ages and abilities to visit and enjoy the pond. • The dipping platform will allow safe access for exploring the pond. • The benches will allow quiet contemplation. • The panels will provide information on pond life and explain how to pond dip safely. • This project will encourage more people from the local community to enjoy the whole of the Pit Hill Nature Area and actively contribute to its future care.
Steps to get it done:
If we are over funded we will install two flights of steps leading up to the woods, build a boundary fence to protect the nature area. Improve paths around the rest of the site. Manage the woodland and plant bulbs and wild flowers.
About the space
Toftshaw Pit Hill is a former colliery spoil heap that was planted as a local woodland in the 1960's. This 20 hectare site is situated in the north west of Kirklees close to the boundary with Bradford. It has developed into an established area of mixed woodland with a network of informal paths and a public footpath running through it which is u
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