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Toftshaw Pit Hill Pond Project

Funded on Spacehive 26 June 2020

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Toftshaw Pit Hill Pond Project

Friends of Toftshaw By Friends of Toftshaw

Your donation will help fund the restoration of our pond to stop it drying out, improve access and increase community enjoyment of the site.

East Bierley Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 26 Jun 2020!

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:

  • Deepen and line our pond summer 2020
  • Build an accessible path summer 2020
  • Construct a pond dipping platform with two benches summer 2020
  • Install information panels and a noticeboard
  • Run workshops for people to plant native pond and aquatic plants
  • Erect a post and rail safety fence summer 2020
  • Plant a reed bed summer 2020
  • Provide people with the opportunities to take part in nature walks and practical activity days

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:

  • Digging out the pond
  • Creating the reed bed
  • Constructing the path
  • Installing the dipping platform and benches
  • Design and installation of information boards

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.

Location East Bierley

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


Kirklees Council

How will the money be spent?Total £8,034

Total cost of project - £7,500 (93%)
Other - £534 (7%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

Total cost of project
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  • Spacehive fees
  • VAT
  • Transaction Fees


This project is enabled for overfunding. If the project hits its funding goal before the end of the campaign period, any extra funds raised will be spent (in order of priority) on:

  • 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

Total £8,034

Our Volunteer List

We're currently looking for people to offer skills and time to develop our project! Check out the list of what we need below and then use the 'Volunteer' button to the right to get involved.
  • JCB and dumper truck for a day with drivers Crushed stone for paths 20m of post and rail fencing Native pond and aquatic plants Reeds for the reed bed People to help us plant the plants and reeds Notice board Information sign
  • Plastic wood edging for the path. A 3m wide dipping platform 2 plastic wood benches Bentonite clay granules to line the pond

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