Joy at cash boost for wildlife haven

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A WILDLIFE haven in South Yorkshire is to receive £600,000 towards conservation work after being chosen as one of 12 areas to benefit from a national project.

The Dearne Valley Green Heart has been designated one of 12 Nature Improvement Areas (NIAs). Money will be used to restore the River Don floodplain and create new woodlands and wetlands.

Pete Wall, of the green heart partnership, said: “Being only one of 12 NIAs in the country means this area is going to get so much more investment.”

The area was once heavily polluted by industry, but efforts have been made over the past five years to improve waterways to attract wildlife.