£40k for barn at nature spot

A new community barn will soon be providing shelter for visitors to a Shipley nature reserve and space for community groups to use.

The barn, supported by a £38,244 grant, will act as a base for schools and other visitors to Woodside Nature Reserve, next to Shipley Couintry Park.

It will also be available for people to use for a range of activities and events and will be surrounded by an outdoor classroom, which will eventually have living willow domes, dead hedges and other wildlife-friendly features where children can learn about nature.

The cash for the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust project has come from The Veolia Environmental Trust through the Landfill Communities Fund.

Acting executive director of The Veolia Environmental Trust, Maria Cade, says, “The new community barn will be an excellent space with a dual role, and we look forward to seeing it complete and in use.”

The 182-acre reserve covers part of the former American Adventure theme park.

It is the biggest nature reserve in Derbyshire outside the Peak District and supports a variety of wildlife.