Old Woodland Attracts Young Admirers

Old Woodland Attracts Young Admirers

Logo-WMLocal schoolchildren, joined representatives from Groundwork and West Lancashire Borough Council recently to celebrate improvements to a much loved woodland.

Ruff Wood, off Vicarage Lane, is a popular walking site for local people in Ormskirk. Groundwork’s Design and Build Team, have recently carried out work to make the site more accessible and visitor friendly. The improvements, funded by Whitemoss Community Fund, included new pathways, improved access and drainage, with new benches and signage and overgrown shrubs and woodland being cleared.  The site also now includes a number of clay and wooden sculptures.

Pupils from Lathom St.James Primary School had a great time exploring the wood, taking part in a sculpture hunt and clay sculpting. They were also treated to an exhibition of tree sculpture from chainsaw artist, Mike Burgess.

Groundwork’s Principal Landscape Architect Gethin Owens, said “Green spaces like Ruff Wood have a really positive impact on people’s lives, so it’s important that we cherish and protect them. It has been a great partnership working with West Lancashire Borough Council and Whitemoss Community Fund and the project has provided a fantastic experience for our apprentices to work on. Furthermore, it’s brilliant to see the children enjoying their local environment and hopefully this positive experience will encourage them to return and treasure the woodland for years to come.”