Council seeks nature park to be legally recognised as a local nature reserve
Councillors are to be asked to give the green light to plans to change the status
of Lofthouse Colliery Nature Park to become a Local Nature Reserve.
Council is seeking to get approval for the legal change to the land, which
would mean it could bid for more funding to help protect the local environment,
boost local wildlife and improve the area for residents.
members will be asked to approve the proposals at their meeting on Tuesday 16
Maureen Cummings, Cabinet Member for Communities, Environment and Poverty,
said: “We are very lucky in our district to have so many open spaces, and it
has been fantastic to see how the land at the former Lofthouse Colliery has
been transformed over the years to become so popular with residents as a great
place to visit and to the local enjoy wildlife.
are keen to look at how we can protect and enhance this outdoor space so that
it can be enjoyed by people now and by future generations.”
site is currently maintained by the Council and supported by a local volunteer
group who meet on a regular basis.
additional works would be required for the land to become a designated Local
land contains a heritage trail, woodland areas, heathland, wildflower-rich
grassland and several ponds, which together support a rich variety of wildlife.
five-year Management Plan was prepared in 2015 with aim of working towards
achieving Local Nature Reserve status for the site.
meeting of the Council’s Cabinet on Tuesday 16 June at 10.30am will
be held virtually and residents can watch the meeting live or later at http://citizen.wakefield.gov.uk/cabinet-and-council-meeting/