Having been a resident of Shipley View for many years now, my family and I have enjoyed the open spaces between the estate and Shipley Country Park. When we heard of the plans and subsequent sale of a significant part of this area to Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, we were very pleased.
We are still relieved this land did not go to developers but are very disappointed with the Trust’s management so far.
The area was not tended or worked for the last 50 years or more since the pit closed, so the land was completely wild. Mother Nature decided what wildlife and flora went where, and which flourished.