£44,000 to improve access to countryside

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Plans have been drawn up to transform a Doncaster woodland site into a wildlife haven for plants and animals.

A total of £44,000 is to be ploughed into Kings Wood, at Austerfield, near Bawtry – some to pay for major improvements in access to the site for the public.

Doncaster Council has received a five-year commitment from the Forestry Commission to raise the number of species - and improve the public area.

Councillor Bob Johnson, Doncaster Council’s cabinet member for culture and leisure, said: “Woodlands and parks are very popular recreation resources for people here in Doncaster. But, at the same time as welcoming people to these outdoor areas, we are always looking at how we can boost the array of wildlife too.

“The aim of this Forestry Commission funding is to remove selected non-native species such as sycamore to create open glades through the wood.

“This will be of huge benefit to a host of wildlife, in particular species of butterfly.

“Replanting selected glades and areas through the wood with a mixture of native tree species will enhance the age structure and diversity of the woodland, along with pollarding works to some of the veteran chestnut and oak trees.

“There will also be path improvements throughout the wood, along with the installation of benches and interpretive signs/notice boards.”

There are plans to set up a Friends of Kings Wood group.