Reconnecting Grantham to its historic landscape

Project
Bellmount Tower, Belton House, Lincolnshire

The National Trust and the Woodland Trust, supported by National Lottery Players through the National Lottery Heritage Fund are working together to reconnect Grantham to its historic landscape.

We have completed the development phase of the project, and if the NLHF funding bid is successful, we plan to improve access to Bellmount and Londonthorpe Woods for the benefit of both the people of Grantham and wildlife.

Reconnecting woodland

Londonthorpe Woods once formed part of the seventeenth century Brownlow Estate, but over time this historic landscape has become fragmented. Working in partnership with the Woodland Trust, we aim to reconnect this historic landscape, plant more trees and improve access between the two sites. The people of Grantham will be free to explore these special sites and discover the wildlife and inspirational stories of their shared heritage.

Conservation of heritage

The project will involve conservation work to improve wildlife habitats across both sites. The wildflower meadow at Londonthorpe wood has been reinvigorated, and the veteran trees on Belton's East Avenue have been surveyed. The trees will receive specialist surgery to prolong their lives and a small tree nursery will bring on cloned trees to fill in the gaps of the avenue.

Archaeological surveys have been carried out on key built heritage features. The studies have assessed the remains of the Machine Gun Corps camp at Bellmount, the RAF Regiment station at Alma Park and Bellmount Tower. Conservation work will begin as soon as possible.

Volunteering

A joint volunteering program is an important part of the project. There will be opportunities to learn new skills and contribute to the activities and management of the project area and make a real difference to the future of this historic landscape.

Events

Over the summer months, we’ve hosting some exciting events. June saw a pop-up hub to provide visitors with extra facilities while onsite, and September saw the opening of Bellmount Tower during the Heritage Open Day weekends.

Right through the summer we've hosted volunteer-led guided walks and these still continue on a monthy basis, have a look at our 'What's on' page. Watch out for more, exciting events from spring 2020.

Travel and access

We've looked at ways to get people to, around and from the site in an environmentally friendly way, while being as accessible to as many user groups as possible. 

We plan to upgrade the car parks and install and easily accessible track at Londonthorpe Woods. We're also planning a cycle route connecting the site to the centre of Grantham.

Health and wellbeing

Visiting and spending time in woods contributes towards health and wellbeing. As well as providing environmental and biodiversity benefits, woods and trees help reduce the negative impacts of our changing climate, promote healthy lifestyles and help to alleviate a range of debilitating illnesses. This project will encourage local people to reap the health benefits of all this green space!

Consultation

We'd like to thank you for letting us know what you think of Londonthorpe and Bellmount! We've considered what you've said and what local people would like to see at the site and how we can open the landscape to more users.

Our hope is that this amazing landscape will become a much-loved community resource that has real benefits to the lives of local people. 

We welcome comments, questions or suggestions. Please contact us at consultlondonthorpe@woodlandtrust.org.uk

Latest updates

04 Dec 19

Tree planting

This morning a team of volunteers helped plant 150 trees as part of the Bellmount and Londonthorpe Woods project with the Woodland Trust. Hazel, field maple and wild cherry trees were planted to improve the habitat and food source for wildlife in the woodland.

Tree planting with the Woodland Trust

18 Nov 19

Application submitted to the National Lottery Heritage Fund

After the two-year development phase of consultation, planning and more consultation we've finally submitted a detailed application to NLHF for funding for the "Reconnecting Grantham to its historic landscape project". We have a bit of a wait now for their decision. Fingers crossed for a positive outcome!

Belton NLHF bid

03 Sep 19

Annual rounders match

This evening the teams from the Woodland Trust and National Trust went head to head in the annual rounders match at Belton House. The WT narrowly defeated the NT team to take possession of the Acorn trophy.

Belton rounders match