Have your say on woodland

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A public consultation has been launched to gather people’s views and comments about the future of Raincliffe Woods.

The questionnaire has been put together by Groundwork North Yorkshire and the Raincliffe Wood Enterprise to find out what people think about changes and improvements in the woodland and Forge Valley.

Some of the suggestions include an eco-friendly education centre on the site of the old sawmill and a gradual transformation from dense conifer to broadleaf woodland.

John Bradley, a committee member of Raincliffe Wood Enterprise, said: “We hope as many people as possible will fill the questionnaire in.

“It’s quick to complete as it’s only nine questions, but it’s important that we find out what people think.

“It’s your chance to have your say about the future of the woodland.”

Raincliffe Wood Enterprise is hoping to manage the woodland as a social enterprise and has made an application to Scarborough Council via its Community Asset transfer scheme.

This means that, if successful, the group would run the woodland on a long lease instead of the council.

The group’s aim is to create a social enterprise, running the woodland for the good of the community but not for profit.

The consultation document is available online at www.communitywood.co.uk - follow the link which will take you to Groundwork’s website.

Copies are also available at Jobmatch in Scarborough and Eastfield. The consultation closes on October 26.

The group is also busy preparing for the Secret Wood event on Saturday October 26, which is on at Raincliffe Woods from 10am to 4pm.

This is a free event for all the family and exhibitors include an artist blacksmith, heavy horse logging, Tales from the Heartwood, Yorkshire Hurdles, hand-made paper and dry stone walling.

There will also be representatives from Scarborough in Bloom, Natural England, Woodland Trust and catering will be provided by Stepney Hill Farm.

Parking is free and will be well signposted.