Law firm Wake Smith has helped Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust to take over the management of another 33 hectares of land in the Rivelin Valley.
The Trust has entered into long term leases with the Duke of Norfolk and Sheffield Town Trust which will allow it to extend its existing reserves at Fox Hagg and Wyming Brook, so that all that separates them is the house and grounds of Foxholes Lodge.
Rob Miller, who manages the Wildlife Trust’s ‘Living Don’ initiative, said: “An opportunity was identified several years ago as part of the Trust’s ‘Living Don’ vision to connect the two reserves. Thanks to on-going conversations with the Duke of Norfolk and Sheffield Town Trust an agreement has been reached.
“We are now in the process of writing five-year management plans for both the extended reserves and hope to have these out for consultation early in the New Year.
“We owe a huge thank you to Ben Spencer from Wake Smith who worked tirelessly on behalf of our charity, enabling us to secure this land and manage it for the benefit of people and wildlife for the next 30 years.”
The Fox Hagg and Wyming Brook reserves are connected by public rights of way and staff at the Sheffield Wildlife Trust say they hope to work with the owners of the Lodge and to provide assistance if needed to help manage their privately-owned woodland.