Plans for a 16,000 tree and shrub development have been approved by Boston Borough Council and work on what will be Dion’s Wood Nature Reserve behind Willoughby Road is expected to begin soon.
The project is being run by the Boston Woods Trust which already has sites at the Joseph Banks Country Park in Wyberton and Fenside Woods on the edge of the Fenside Estate.
Chairman of the group, Adrian Isaac, is excited about being able to add to the group’s portfolio.
Adrian said: “Dion’s Wood Nature Reserve is a 13 hectare site which will comprise a woodland and wildflower meadows. We will also be creating nearly three kilometres of limestone and gravel tracks which will encourage insects and butterflies. There will also be a small lake. To encourage nature dogs are not permitted in this reserve.
“We are sure that the site – close to Pilgrim Hospital, Butterfly Hospice and next to existing council allotments – will be popular and that is why we are also creating a small car park, off Willoughby Road to accommodate 18 vehicles that will be available for volunteers and visitors.
“The facility will help the recovery of a depleted natural environment and offer a peaceful haven for local people.”
The new site will be a welcome addition to the existing Joseph Banks facility which includes Westgate Wood, Oak Wood, Jenny’s Wood and Wildflower Meadow whilst the Fenside facility includes Grange Wood, Beech Wood, Pioneer Wood and Beech Wood Green Burial. Together the sites cover 110 acres of woods and parkland and the sites are home to 90,000 trees and shrubs that have been planted over two decades.
The Trust was established in 2001 and has worked towards its goals of developing woodland around Boston for the benefit of everyone by increasing biodiversity, combating climate change, creating sustainable woodland and improving health and well-being for local people.
“I am very proud of what our wonderful band of volunteers has achieved,” said Mr Isaac.
The group is always looking for people to get involved with the maintenance and development of the woods, from planting young trees, mulching, pruning and planting wild flowers to litter picking and seat cleaning.
Volunteers benefit from exercise in the fresh air and the company of others. No experience is necessary with tasks for all abilities and no commitment on time. There is also an Easy Crew for volunteers of any age.
The group is also always looking for new members – not least because the more members they have the more likely they are to be successful in securing funding when applying for grants. Organisations helping to support the group receive regular newsletters and know they are helping to build a better Boston.
Other ways people can support is by leaving a legacy in their will to make Boston a better place for children, grandchildren and all those who follow after us.
Mr Isaac said: “All we ask is that when people make or amend their will they think about leaving a sum of money to The Boston Woods Trust.
“All sorts of sponsorship options are also available and sponsoring a tree is an ideal way to celebrate a special occasion and show someone you care about them and the environment. You can also sponsor a tree in memory of a loved one. Or why not adopt an established tree?
“Seats and chainsaw sculptures can be dedicated in memory of a loved one, or for any special occasion. They are available in various locations in the woods and park,” said Mr Isaac.
Launch events for Dion’s Wood Nature Reserve are planned for Sunday 21st November and Sunday 5th December, where you can help plant the trees – to be imaginatively called the Boston Tree Party. For more details of this and any other aspect of the Boston Woods Trust see the website www.bostonwoods.co.uk , email email@example.com or contact Adrian Isaac on (01205) 365949.