Landfill cash helps pay for restoration work at nature reserve in Sheffield

A nature reserve in Sheffield is set to be improved thanks to a £14,000 grant.

The Blacka Moor nature reserve, off Hathersage Road, near Dore, is to benefit from a £14,4980 grant Veolia Environmental Trust awarded to Sheffield Wildlife Trust,

They money will pay to restore an area of upland heath.

Scrub and bracken will be removed and wiring will be installed on the moor’s drystone walls to enable conservation grazing.

Blacka Moor is the largest nature reserve in Sheffield.

The 181 hectares of heathland and woodland is part of a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

Since 1997 Veolia Environmental Trust has awarded £3.9m to 122 projects in South Yorkshire through the Landfill Communities Fund, which is tax credit scheme enabling landfill operators to award money to organisations for community and environmental projects close to landfill sites.   

Sheffield Wildlife Trust’s fundraising officer, Chris Grice, said: “This grant is great news for Blacka Moor.

“The project will have multiple benefits for it, the important species found there and the people who visit and enjoy it all-year-round.”

The Executive Director of The Veolia Environmental Trust, Paul Taylor, added; “This work will make a real difference to the reserve and its visitors.

“With the increasing reduction in the amount of funds that we can award, the wildlife trust needs to be congratulated on securing this grant in an extremely competitive environment.”