The Woodland Trust has made Miltonrigg Wood near Brampton more accessible after being awarded a grant of over £14,300 by the Cumbria Waste Management Environmental Trust.
The money has gone towards resurfacing over 1,200 metres of footpath, installing nearly 120 metres of boardwalk and replacing two minor bridges over ditches. The work was done to improve paths that had become muddy and wet in places.
The Trust has also made other changes to make the wood more welcoming for visitors. This has included two new seats, a waymarked route around the site, upgraded entrances and a resurfaced car park. Three new information boards will also help people learn more about the wood and the wildlife that calls it home
Colin Riley, site manager for the Woodland Trust, said: “Miltonrigg is a fantastic woodland, and now thanks to these improvements more people can experience all it has to offer. It’s a great time to have finished the works, as people will be able to explore at a time that woodland flowers are in bloom.”
Miltonrigg is a 157 acre ancient woodland, dominated by beech and oak trees. It’s home to more than 200 species of flowering plant including wood anemone, bluebell and early purple orchid. Walkers in the wood may also spot kestrels, sparrowhawks, and great spotted woodpeckers in the trees, or newts and dragonflies by the pond.
The Woodland Trust is dedicated to make its woods accessible for everyone; to donate towards its work, go to: woodlandtrust.org.uk/support-us.