Collingham & Linton Wood Rescue

Collingham & Linton volunteer project is one of the first to get the backing of Tesco’s Bags of Help Scheme

Collingham and Linton are fortunate to have a valuable wooded recreation area beside the River Wharfe, regularly frequented by walkers, picnickers and anglers. In recent years, this has become very overgrown, with trees falling regularly and blocking the paths and Beck.  The flooding on 26 December 2015 has also caused serious damage to the river bank.

The area is owned by the Parish Council and we have embarked on a project to tidy the wood to make it a more pleasant area to walk in and to preserve the existing trees. Our aim is to clear the major debris to make the area safe and pleasant to walk in and to remove any dead and dying trees, while improving the health of the remaining ones.  Removing ivy from the floor of the wood and from some of the trees will ensure that light gets into the wood and encourages the growth of flora and natural seeding of broad-leaved trees.  We also intend to repair the steps up to the wood from the river and install bat boxes and an owl box in the larger trees.

The project got underway last month with a successful volunteer session, when we removed large amounts of litter and fallen branches from the area near the car park but there is still a long way to go.  We have organised three more afternoon sessions on the 21st February, 20th March and 17th April, from 1.00pm to 4.00pm and are also arranging professional help and advice for the tree-felling and more major works. Leeds City Council is supporting this project by providing valuable help and advice.

We have heard this week that we have been successful in obtaining a Tesco Bags of Help grant for at least £8,000 towards the costs of the project.

Tesco has teamed up with Groundwork to launch its Bags of Help initiative across hundreds of regions in England and Wales. The scheme will see three community groups and projects in each region awarded grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the 5p bag charge.

Bags of Help offers community groups and projects in each of Tesco’s 390 regions across the UK a share of revenue generated from the five pence charge levied on single-use carrier bags. For more information about Bags of Help, go to www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp

Our grant could be increased to either £10,000 or £12,000, depending on the vote that will take place in Tesco stores from 27th February to the 6th March. So please vote for our scheme if you are in Tesco during that period and if you could join us for the volunteer sessions you would be very welcome (chocolate is provided!). Please register your interest by e-mailing Collingham.wood@orangehome.co.uk

We feel that improving this area is even more important now, in view of the devastation caused by the flooding in that area and the loss of the Beach.

The illustrated notice may be viewed here.