Project information

Birds Edge Countryside Project

Although there are a number of nature reserves in the Kirklees and surrounding areas, none of them are completely accessible to disabled people. This project is different and aims to combat that.

Permanently ongoing

Charity information: BECside Charitable Trust

BECside Charitable Trust logo
  • Need

    Need

    Inaccessibilty to the countryside for wheelchair users

    Solution

    By providing surfaced paths through woodland and around wildflower meadows and lakes.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide full wheelchair facilities through our nature reserve.

    Activities

    » Create wheelchair friendly paths and build a shelter, viewing point and toilet block.

    Success will be seeing a charity mini-bus arrive with disabled visitors.


  • Impact

    Impact


    The BECside project will improve opportunities and facilities for disabled people, from the local and wider area, to experience woodland and nature in a safe and user friendly environment. In co-operation with British Trust for Conservation Volunteers (BTCV), volunteers with mental and physical health problems have been involved in the work and continued involvement will improve their social and inter-personal skills so that they can live more confident and independent lives.

    Risk

    Personal accident - £2 million insurance cover in place.

    Reporting

    Personal regular contact via e-mail, telephone or letter, depending on the donor's preferences.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £116,830

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      Amount Heading Description
      £30,000 Paths Excavating for and building surfaced paths
      £8,830 Habitat maintenance Essential maintenance to nurture and protect young trees and essential maintaince of mature trees.
      £60,000 Visitor building Supply and erect 8m x 5m shelter/viewing area and toilet block
      £18,000 Lakes Excavations and provision of lakes with fishing platforms for the disabled.

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Big Lottery Fund £8,600 Guaranteed
    Clydesdale & Yorkshire Bank £400 Guaranteed
  • Background

    Location

    Birds Edge Countryside Charitable Trust (BECside) is based in Holmfirth and is providing a wildlife haven, with visitor facilities, on land off Birdsedge Lane on the outskirts of Birdsedge, nr Denby Dale..

    Beneficiaries

    Although there are a number of nature reserves in the Kirklees and surrounding areas, none of them are completely accessible to disabled people. This project is different and aims to combat that.

    Many places with access for disabled people are more like parks and not 'natural'.

    Disabled family members and friends, who have seen the early stages of the project, have said that it was a wonderful treat and the experience in parks is just not the same.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The Chairman has many years of landscaping and building experience and also saw the difficulties that his father experienced when confined to a wheelchair in later life. Networking in the Kirklees area and beyond has identified the need for this project and many people have asked to be kept informed of progress.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Steve Sellars

    Chairman and chief organiser and also very hands having carried out a lot of the work single-handedly for years, to get the project to where it is now

    BTCV

    British Trust for Conservation Volunteers (BTCV), use the project to train volunteers with mental and physical health problems.