This project is now complete – thank you to everyone for the support!
This week the children from St. Josephs RC Primary school worked hard helping with planting in the Bog Garden area and around the woodlands. Everyone enjoyed themselves and we look forward to seeing the flowers in spring and summer.
After the planting was done, the Mayor arrived and presented Certificates to the three winners of the design competition for the entrance sign plaques to the woodlands.
Another beautifully sign designed by pupils from St Joseph’s 🙂 #Rossendale
Construction work started on site on Monday 11 January and is well underway in spite of the snow! Drainage is currently being installed and the pond and wetland area are being reshaped to cater for the amount of water run off the site has to deal with.
Pupils from St Joseph’s RC Primary School have been involved in a design competition for new entrance signs to the woodland – see the sneak preview below of one of the finished signs ready for installation – isn’t it lovely?
More updates will be posted on here (and via Facebook and Twitter) as the project progresses and there will be opportunities for the community to help out with the tree and bulb planting around the site when the machinery moves out.
£50,000 secured for improvements to Rosemount Community Woodland, Stacksteads!
Funding worth over £50,000 has been secured for improvement works to Rosemount Community Woodland in Stacksteads, Rossendale.
Stacksteads Countryside Park group (SCPG) and the Friends of Rosemount have been working closely with Proffitts CIC, Rossendale Borough Council and Lancashire County Council on proposals for the woodland. The project includes upgrading and altering the paths and picnic area; relocating the footbridge over Sow Clough stream; carrying out tree management works and new planting and improving the entrances to the woodland.
Funding for the project has come from Lancashire Environmental Fund, Newground Together, Awards for All and Lancashire County Council to secure the funding. Funding from Awards for All will be focussed on community involvement in the site including helping with design of a new entrance feature and planting events on site.
The construction work is expected to take place over winter of 2015-2016 to minimise disruption to birds and wildlife.
Proffitts along with The Friends of Rosemount and Stacksteads Countryside Park Group have conditionally secured funding to allow us to go ahead with the proposed improvements at Rosemount Woodland. We will work alongside the community, officers at RBC and LCC Countryside Team on the project in the coming months.
The project will regenerate the woodland and create new paths and picnic areas as well as planting a more diverse range of native woodland shrubs and perennials.
It is hoped work will start on site early in 2016 and be completed by the Spring.
Following the results from the recent consultation, the design for the site will be slightly tweaked to reflect some important points raised. Fundraising for the project will begin in earnest in the New Year. Watch this space – we will post the revised design as soon as it has been altered. In the meantime the Rosemount group have been busy tidying the area and planting bulbs 🙂
Click here to fill in a very short survey about the woodland – your feedback is crucial as we want to ensure all the proposed changes meet the needs of your community
The woodland was first improved about 20-25 years ago but since then, it has become overgrown. It has also suffered with flooding of the stream that runs alongside it, which washed away paths and bridges.
The ‘Friends of Rosemount’ have been working in the woodland for 2 years now to clear away weeds, clean the paths and tidy up as best they can. Last year, they were helped out by the Princes Trust volunteers who did a great job of tidying and upgrading the site but it is now starting to look a little ‘tired’ – edgeboards to paths are starting to rot and some of the trees need major pruning – all these things are beyond the work of volunteers.
The aim now is to find out what the the local community think of the site – how it currently is and how they think it could be best improved to meet their needs. Once we have this information, we will tweak the plans and apply for grant funding to undertake improvements – working in partnership with the ‘Friends of Rosemount’ group, Rossendale Borough council and Lancashire County Council.
Click below to view the Sketch design which details plans to improve the woodland generally, including upgrading paths, the bog garden, picnic area and rights of way around the area