The Woodland and Invasive Non-Native Species Project aims to improve biodiversity on Pendle Hill, enhancing its amenity value, and improving partnership working across the Landscape Partnership area. Additionally, the project aims to promote better environmental awareness and will engage farmers, landowners, communities and volunteers on and around the Pendle Hill area in: the creation of new woodlands, better management of existing woodlands, and in tackling invasive species such as Himalayan Balsam.

The main delivery partner for the WINNS project are the Ribble Rivers Trust and The Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust.

Himalayan Balsam control by volunteersOBJECTIVES: 

  • Use the phase 1 habitat survey, GIS analysis and the Pendle Hill Farm Network to engage and work with landowners and farmers around Pendle Hill to create at least 19 Ha of woodlands,  at 4 sites and improve management of 13 Ha. of existing woodlands by 2021.
  • To engage and work with community groups who live within, visit and enjoy Pendle Hill to encourage understanding of, and participation in:
    • the establishment of new woodlands
    • management of existing woodlands
    • undertaking INNS control and management
    • wider context and policy/strategic linkages

There will be many volunteering opportunities through the project - have a look at the Get Involved page. It is intended that through a combination of activities, that these volunteer days will be run throughout the year, and included tree planting, woodland management and Himalayan Balsam control.

Contact: Richard Atton richard@ribbletrust.com and Michelle Tierney michelle@ribbletrust.com

PROJECT SUMMARY