Turning over a new leaf at wood project
CHAINSAW carving and charcoal burning will be among the attractions at a family fun day to celebrate the transformation of a derelict woodland.
Chase Hill Wood, next to the E.ON power station in North Killingholme, will play host to the free event tomorrow. .
It has been organised by the East Yorkshire and Humber branch of The Conservation Volunteers, which is nearing the end of its three-year project to bring the woodland back into sustainable use.
Ian Jakulis, senior project officer at The Conservation Volunteers, said: "We are now in the final year of this project which has been funded by landfill tax money, North Lincolnshire Council and E.ON.
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"It has involved a group of volunteers coming to the site for about 40 days a year to do woodland management work, and the event on Saturday is a celebration of the work that has been done so far.
"We have improved the woodland's bio-diversity and also made it more accessible for people to walk around."
As well as the chainsaw carving and charcoal burning, tomorrow's event will feature guided woodland walks, a blacksmith's forge, a forestry tools demonstration and a bring-your-own food barbecue.
Assistant project officer Leah Hallas said: "It will be a great opportunity for people to come along and see what the woodland has got to offer. They will be able to come and watch the demonstrations and take part in some of the traditional woodland management techniques."
The three-year project comes to an end in March next year and the aim is for the wood to become a local nature reserve.
Volunteer David Heinrich, 38, of South Killingholme, said: "I started volunteering two years ago after my missus died of breast cancer. I was looking for something to do and this has been a godsend. It got me out and about meeting people rather than just sitting around at home.
"I do a bit of everything – whatever needs doing. I helped dig the pond two years ago. The wood certainly looks a lot better now than it did then."
Saturday's event takes place between 10am to 6pm and admission is free.
For more information, call Leah Hallas on 07825 056569.