Petition launched to protect Silverwood nature reserve

John Healey MP, Wickersley councillors and Silverwood Colliery Heritage Group are working together to try to improve Silverwood Nature Reserve and have launched a petition to urge the landowners to do more.

The former Silverwood Colliery site has become a much-loved green space with trees, a lake and thriving wildlife.

But there are problems with off-road vehicles causing serious damage and anti-social behaviour.

Local groups and volunteers are working hard to protect the area and have called on Ogden’s, the landowner, to protect the perimeter with fencing and boulders.

John Healey MP said: “Cllr Hoddinott and I first contacted Ogden’s in the Autumn but after the board considered it the company sent a disappointing reply in January saying they didn’t want to spend money securing the site because they believed it would be vandalised.

“I don’t want the firm to dismiss residents’ concerns so I met with Ogden’s managing director this week and he’s agreed to a site visit to see the problems for himself.

“So we are talking, which is positive, but we want to send this company a strong message about how much local people value the reserve and want to see it protected.”

Cllr Hoddinott said: “The issues on the pit site have got worse over the last few months, and we are really disappointed that Ogden’s won’t do anything to prevent the quads and 4x4s getting on there as they are causing a lot of damage.”

Bob Boyle, of Silverwood Nature Reserve Support Group, said: “The group would like to protect the reserve for humans and wildlife alike, but to be successful in those aims the reserve needs a secure perimeter and hopefully the owners will see the sense and value in that.”

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