Northumberland woodland gets £50k 'nature' boost

image captionRachel Sparks from the Forestry Commission with landowner Antony Braithwait​e.

More than £50,000 of funding is going towards the conservation of an area of woodland in Northumberland.

More than 20 hectares of forest at 13th century Haughton Castle, near Hexham, is set to be worked for the first time in over 30 years.

The grant will cover the building of forest tracks which will allow the removal of conifers.

The long term plan is to create a native broadleaf woodland, bringing wildlife back to the area.

Ian Everard from the Forestry Commission said: "The project has been made even more financially viable because some of the timber extracted will be used for fuel."

The grant is the first awarded by the Forestry Commission in the North East under an initiative to improve access to woods and boost production of timber and woodfuel.

Anthony Braithwaite, owner of Haughton Castle, added: "The woodland has lain untouched for the better part of three decades because of the difficult terrain and badly needs some tender loving care."

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