Learn about major project between Belton House and Londonthorpe Woods
Events surrounding plans for a major project between Belton House and Londonthorpe Woods are taking place over the next two weekends.
A mobile visitor centre will be going to Londonthorpe Woods to provide information about the project between the National Trust and the Woodland Trust which could open up 225 hectares of land for visitors to explore in the future.
The project – which could cost up to £1.2 million – aims to link up two treasured visitor attractions to create a wide expanse for people to explore and enjoy.
If the project is realised, it will open up borders on the land connecting the eastern part of Belton House and the more recently created Londonthorpe Woods.
The area once formed part of the 17th century Brownlow Estate but over time this historic landscape has become fragmented.
Over the next two weekends, on June 8 and 9, and June 15 and 16, between 9.30am and 4.30pm, the visitor centre will be on site at Londonthorpe Woods, off Five Gates Lane, to give information and to hear what members of the public think about the project.
Other activities will include waymarked trails and a kids activity trail, as well as refreshments and toilets. There will also be a guided walk this Sunday, at 2.30pm.
The project, which has already received a funding boost of £64,700 from the Heritage Lottery Fund, will create unprecedented access between the sites.
Londonthorpe site manager Ian Froggatt said: “We’re thrilled to get this initial piece of financial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund and National Lottery players, which we hope will lead to a much larger grant to deliver the project.
“The project will allow visitors to not only enjoy the attraction of Belton House, but also explore much of the wider Brownlow estate, including what is now Londonthorpe Woods.
“With a winning combination of history and nature it has the potential to be the green lungs of Lincolnshire, enabling visitors to enjoy and experience a wealth of health and social benefits.”
Conservation will also be at the heart of the project, by working to restore and enhance key wildlife habitats, helping to ensuring their protection long into the future. It will also seek to protect and enhance built heritage and parkland features, ensuring the continuation of the Brownlow legacy after the family first acquired land in the area in the late 16th century and created Belton House as their family seat.
An extensive consultation programme is being carried out and the charity is looking for as many people as possible to get involved. Work on the ground is due to start from summer 2020, but more money needs to be secured to make it a reality.