The HLF funding will improve all aspects of the Smithills Estate. Information boards, new walking routes and interactive guided experiences will be introduced across the Smithills Estate to highlight the rich mix of social heritage and natural history that you can discover.
Habitat management will increase the site's biodiversity and strengthen local habitats. For starters we plan to double the tree cover on the estate, taking the total from 10% to 20%. This will improve the woodland habitat but also connect areas together, creating great wildlife corridors to allow the movement of birds, insects and even flowers across the site.
The blanket bog habitat which is found up on the moor will also be restored to help slow the run-off of rainwater that results in lowland flooding. We will also work on the grassland and rare heathland, encouraging its regeneration.
The HLF project will help train our volunteer group. Now 90 members strong, they will be able to learn new skills, such as dry-stone walling, whilst repairing infrastructure and heritage features.
Some of the funding will also be used to help start up enterprises across the site. Through the Smithills Enterprise Hub, local people with bright and environmentally friendly enterprise ideas will be able to set up shop within Smithills, boosting the local economy.
The existing access will also be improved for visitors to the Smithills Estate, making it truly open for one and all to enjoy. Site access includes the creation of a new centrally sited car park which will enable more people the means to experience and enjoy the uplands of the estate.
However, to fully achieve all this we still need your help.