Partnership project gets underway in Grantham
You may already have heard the exciting news that the Reconnecting Grantham to its historic landscape project is a go!
Woodland Trust-owned Londonthorpe Woods and National Trust-owned Bellmount, are both part of the historic Brownlow Estate, which had Belton House as its country seat and originally covered 1,000s of acres to the north-east of Grantham. Over time, various parts of the Estate were sold-off, including Londonthorpe Woods. Both sites have effectively become islands within the wider landscape. The Woodland Trust and National Trust, supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund are working together to unite this accessible green space on the edge of Grantham to create a seamless visitor experience to enable more local people to experience the natural environment on their doorstep.
Grantham is expanding rapidly and most of the countryside around the town is not publicly accessible. Many local people are simply unaware that there is a whole landscape to be explored for free, right on the fringes of the town.
The project site on the fringes of Grantham
The four-year project aims to raise public awareness, understanding and engagement with Londonthorpe Woods and Bellmount, as well as better conserving their historic and natural assets.The project will encourage audiences to explore the two adjoining sites. Welcome information, engaging interpretation and inspiring activities will enable people to learn the heritage story of this special landscape.
Conservation work will improve wildlife habitats, restore key parkland and built heritage features, ensuring the continuation of the Brownlow legacy. This will be supported by an extensive community and volunteering programme that will develop new skills and contribute to the ongoing management of this historic landscape.
The project is just getting started but as it progresses, a number of interesting volunteer roles will become available. Keep an eye on Whittle for more info’ about these roles.
For more info’ about the project you can email LondonthorpeBellmount@woodlandtrust.org.uk
Heather Cook: Project Manager
Feature image: Estelle Slegers Helsen/WTML