Friends of Brincliffe Edge Wood
A bit about Friends of Brincliffe Edge Wood
As a part of the Nether Edge Neighbourhood Group (NENG) our aim is to involve the community in assisting with the management of Brincliffe Edge Wood by working closely in partnership with Sheffield City Council to improve access and amenities in the Wood and protect and enhance the ecology and bio-diversity of its natural environment and raise awareness of its past and present contribution to life in the area.
The “Friends” was formed in 2013 and has had a number of meetings to discuss advancing its aims as well as taking walks in the Wood which have been useful in identifying projects to be undertaken, qualities to be preserved and the historical significance of the Wood.
There have been three work days where volunteers have joined Sheffield City Council Rangers in managing aspects ofthe Wood with activities such as bulb planting, wildlife habitat construction, thinning, tidying and litter picking. There has been a very healthy and encouraging response to the appeal for supporters and volunteers particularly at the Nether Edge Neighbourhood Group’s Farmers’ Markets. The history of the Wood is being researched as a part of a general awareness of the rich past of Nether Edge.
We have recently made proposals to SCC concerning safety improvements, the positioning of two benches, the need for litter bins and a new information board at an entrance to the Wood.
We hope to engage and involve young people from the area by, for example, designing and building a ‘bug house’. Weare also working on the idea of an event in 2014 which would appeal to all ages within the local community and which would make people aware of the wildlife importance of the Wood, the potential for recreation and enjoyment, and the work of the Friends.