Lincoln woodland restoration to help young people into work

Lincoln’s largest woodland area is set to be restored as part of a project that will help thousands of young people gain valuable skills.

City of Lincoln Council’s Executive recently approved an agreement for social enterprise Hill Holt Wood to manage the Hospital Plantation site.

The plantation site is a 45.3 hectare area of woodland either side of the A46 between the Doddington and Skellingthorpe roundabouts.

Using National Lottery funding of around £1 million, Hill Holt Wood will support young people to take part in the project to restore the woodland to a condition that can be enjoyed by local residents.

Over five years the project aims to engage more than 3,000 young people and certify 800 youngsters in a variety of skills that will help them into employment.

Council Leader Ric Metcalfe said: “The Hospital Plantation site is of great environmental significance for the city.

“We will be able to return our site to an accessible condition for residents, at no cost to the taxpayer, while helping young people gain useful skills.”

Hill Holt Wood secured the funding through the Big Lottery Fund as part of the Our Bright Future programme, which provides opportunities for young people through environmental engagement.

Steve Donagain, CEO of Hill Holt Wood, said: “We’ll be delivering the scheme as part of our Growing Up Green project, which supports young people to carry out environmental vocational work in the local community, developing sustainable approaches to land management.”

Work is set to start in September this year. Residents will be able to continue to access the woodland for the duration of the project.