Raincliffe Woods Community Enterprise has won a grant of £113,000 from independent trust Power to Change.
The grant, part of the trust’s Community Business Fund, will allow the company to employ a woodland manager to look after the development of the woods on a daily basis.
Raincliffe Woods Community Enterprise took over the management of the three woods in the area, Raincliffe Wood, Row Brow Wood and Forge Valley Wood, from Scarborough Borough Council in 2015 and in 2019 was granted a 30-year lease to sustainably manage the return of the woods to ancient woodland status.
Director Robert Peacock said: “This grant will enable us to employ a skilled professional who can develop the business plan and expand the range of activities that currently take place in the woods.
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“Providing safe access for pedestrians and cyclists needs further development to allow everyone who wants to use the woods to do so easily.”