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Lottery cash boost for Pigney's Wood

PUBLISHED: 11:00 18 January 2010 | UPDATED: 10:15 13 July 2010

Victoria Leggett

A popular north Norfolk woodland has been awarded almost £50,000 for a range of work to improve the area for visitors. Pigneys Wood at Knapton, near North Walsham, has been given the cash from the Big Lottery Fund's community spaces programme.

A popular north Norfolk woodland has been awarded almost £50,000 for a range of work to improve the area for visitors.

Pigneys Wood at Knapton, near North Walsham, has been given the cash from the Big Lottery Fund's community spaces programme.

Trustees, who manage the woodland, said the £47,350 grant would be used towards their Securing the Future project.

Access will be improved, with a track from the car park to the barn created allowing emergency and maintenance vehicles to drive in and out of the 57-acre wood without damaging the ground.

Pathways will also be enhanced, making visits for wheelchair users and children in pushchairs more enjoyable.

Other improvements include creating three marked routes through the wood and a “dipping platform” to encourage youngsters to explore the pond in safety.

A wild-bird scrape and kingfisher bank will be built to entice more birds in.

Trustee David Gosling said: “This is excellent. It means that Pigneys Wood can be further developed to allow more people to enjoy this wonderful community space.”

All the work should be completed by the end of the year.

For more information on becoming a Pigneys Wood volunteer contact Mr Gosling on 01692 406711.

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