Reconnecting Grantham to its historic landscape

Project
Woodland Trust Londonthorpe Wood Grantham

The National Trust and the Woodland Trust, supported by National Lottery Players through the Heritage Lottery Fund, are working together to reconnect Grantham to its historic landscape. Together we plan to link Bellmount with Londonthorpe Wood for the benefit of both people and wildlife.

Reconnecting woodland

Londonthorpe Wood once formed part of the 17th century Brownlow Estate, but over time this historic landscape has become fragmented. Working in partnership with the Woodland Trust, we aim to reconnect this landscape . The people of Grantham will be free to explore these special sites and discover the wildlife and inspirational stories of their shared heritage.

Conservation

The project will involve conservation work to improve wildlife habitats across both sites and aims to reinvigorate the more recent wildflower meadow at Londonthorpe Wood. 

Heritage

Archaeological surveys are due to begin on key built heritage features. The surveys will include the remains of the Machine Gun Corps camp at Bellmount, the RAF Regiment station at Alma Park and Bellmount Tower.

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’ll be hosting some exciting events. June will see a pop-up hub to provide visitors with extra facilities while onsite. This will include catering, toilets, and some friendly project staff to chat to. September will see the opening of Bellmount Tower during the Heritage Open Day weekends and right through the summer we will host volunteer-led guided walks .

Travel and access

We’re looking at ways to get people to, around and from the site in an environmentally friendly way, while being as accessible to all user groups as possible.

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 look at how local people can reap the health benefits of all this green space! 

Consultation

We’d love to hear what you think of Londonthorpe and Bellmount! We want to know what local people would like to see at the site and how we can open the landscape to more users.

Over the next few months, we’ll be talking with individuals, organisations, community groups and schools. Look out for project staff out onsite or around the local area.

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

08 Feb 19

The Woodland Skills week draws to a close

This week the team have planted a total of 150 field maple and hazel whips, all of which were kindly donated by The Woodland Trust. The Woodland Skills week has been a great success, and we plan to run similar courses during the delivery phase of the project. We’ve received very positive feedback from those who have completed the course. Several are now keen to pursue forestry work after having had a taste of what it involves.

Belton Woodland Skills

05 Feb 19

Woodland Working Skills course starts at Londonthorpe and Bellmount

This week we’re hosting a Woodland Skills training week at Londonthorpe and Bellmount Woods. We’ve recruited participants aged 18 to 25 through the Job Centre Plus in Grantham and Sleaford. Trainers from Hill Holt Wood will deliver the course.

Woodland Working Skills

04 Feb 19

Survey of Belton’s eastern lime avenue

A number of stakeholders took a cold and windy walk up Belton’s eastern lime avenue today to discuss the survey that will inform the future management plans of this iconic avenue.

Survey of Belton’s eastern lime avenue