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.

Thanks to support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, we’ll be able 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

Covid-19 prevented our plans for events and activities in 2020 but watch this space to find out about some exciting events from summer 2021.

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 LondonthorpeBellmount@woodlandtrust.org.uk.

Latest updates

01 Feb 21

Belton’s East Avenue

Works to prolong the life of the trees along Belton’s East Avenue, start today. We're reducing the crown size of some of the ancient lime and horse chestnut trees. By reducing the height of the trees and removing vulnerable branches, we’ll prevent them from blowing over in high winds. The wood that is removed from the trees will be left on the avenue to create deadwood habitats and increase biodiversity.

The East Avenue at Belton House, Lincolnshire

05 Dec 20

Volunteer tree planting at Alma Park

This morning ten committed volunteers joined us at Alma Park where we got 300 trees in the ground! All socially distanced, of course. A beautiful, calm, sunny day, albeit a chilly one! The trees will grow up to screen the industrial area and improve biodiversity in the area.

The team tree planting at Alma Park, Lincolnshire

25 Nov 20

The pond is filling up

We have completed the ditch works, and the pond is filling up. How lovely to see water here all year round?

Water in the pond at Londonthorpe Woods, Lincolnshire