GRENO Woods is to get £18,000 to pay for a number of conservation projects to improve the area.
The cash from the Veolia Environmental Trust will enable Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust to complete several areas of work.
n Fencing the heathland area to enable conservation grazing which will restore this internationally important habitat and bring benefits for heathland species such as the common lizard.
n Installing bird boxes to benefit woodland species including robin, spotted flycatcher and tawny owl.
n Creating additional woodland edge habitat by removing scrub to benefit moths, bats and ants.
n Installing a pond to create additional wetland habitat to support species such as the common frog.
The Wildlife Trust for Sheffield and Rotherham is running an appeal to buy the final 26 hectares of Greno Woods – the last piece in the jigsaw of securing the future of one of Sheffield’s biggest woodlands.
It aims to raise £1 million to buy the woods, near Grenoside, and turn them into a wildlife haven.
Veolia Environmental Trust executive director McNabb Laurie said of the latest cash injection: “This scheme will create a place where different plant and animal species can make the woods their home.
“The fact that volunteers will be able to get involved will be an added bonus”.
The project has already enabled the Wildlife Trust to carry out improvements and a programme of community activities, including conservation work days.
Roy Mosley, Head of Operations at the Trust, said: “This funding has meant we’ve been able to start working with local people and volunteers to get Greno Woods into positive management straight away.
“It’s been great to see what a difference we’ve made already, knowing that this is just the beginning of a new era for these beautiful ancient woods.”
n Prof Mel Jones, author of Sheffield’s Woodland Heritage, will lead A Walk into the Past from 2pm to 4pm on Sunday, May 20.