A charity that protects and maintains public land for the enjoyment of residents and visitors in and around the market town of Richmond has been awarded a grant of £14,700 from the People’s Postcode Lottery.
The Richmondshire Landscape Trust (ROSA) will use the money to support a three-part project that will benefit wildflower meadows and restore waterways and ponds.
It will concentrate on the fields opposite Richmond Castle, adjacent to the River Swale, known as the South Bank and Sleegill fields. These fields are managed as wildflower meadows and two have been designated as sites of special interest for nature conservation.
The project will see mains water being connected to water troughs on the fields to help promote grazing on the land; restore two ponds on Middle Field, believed to be medieval fish ponds forming part of the monastic estate of St Martin's Priory; and restore and return to purpose a ditch situated in Middle Field in order to alleviate flooding.
Arlene McIntosh, Trustee for Richmondshire Landscape Trust, said: "We are delighted to have been awarded this very generous grant from the People’s Postcode Lottery, which will allow us to continue to develop biodiversity on our land and increase the range of wildlife habitats.
“All improvements that we are able to make to the land in our care will benefit local residents and visitors to the town."
The RLT was formed in 2004 when the Trust purchased 88 acres of land from Richmondshire District Council by raising funds from small-scale activities and donations.
The Trust is managed entirely by volunteers and the land is held in trust for the people of Richmond and the surrounding area. All 88 acres owned by the Trust are open access, crossed by footpaths and grazed.