Loftus Woodland

Beyond Housing has been working in partnership with Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council, Loftus Town Council, and a number of local groups and organisations, to create an accessible community woodland and wetland in a 4.6-acre disused allotment site in Loftus.

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The project is being part-funded by a grant of £124,100 from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’ Green Recovery Challenge Fund; one of just 68 schemes in the UK to be chosen as a beneficiary. Further match-funding investments of £20,000, £30,000 and £50,000 were pledged by Beyond Housing, Esh Construction and Groundwork NE & Cumbria, respectively.

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The community woodland will offer a range of family events and activities, as well as a home for volunteering opportunities and community groups. Schoolchildren will be able to venture out of the classroom to learn outdoors, whilst the new two-metre-wide paths will allow accessibility for people with prams or limited mobility. 

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The project aims to create new and vibrant habitat and enhance biodiversity. Veteran trees will be conserved, with more trees planted to ensure a lush woodland for years to come. 

Rosemary Du Rose, Chief Executive at Beyond Housing, said: “It is inspiring to see the hard work our community connectors and partners have put in to make this an excellent facility for Loftus residents. 

“The project has three primary aims; to ensure that it is accessible for everyone, that the habitat encourages wildlife and sustainability, and employment – creating opportunities for people in creating and maintaining this space.” 

There has recently been a series of workshops to seek the communities help to design and co-create entrance sign sculptures within the woodland. The artist will now collate all the community feedback and pull together sculptures which will be installed in the future.


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