Moor Pond Wood volunteers ready to celebrate a decade of hard work

A PRIZED historical site in Papplewick has been preserved for future generations thanks to the dedication of volunteers known collectively as the Friends Of Moor Pond Wood.

Now the group is inviting supporters to join a tenth-anniversary celebration event on Saturday March 12 at Papplewick and Linby Village Hall.

A centrepiece will be the unveiling of a large model of the wood, created by Friends member Robin Barton.

The site itself, which is of national significance, was originally constructed as a water-storage reservoir in the late 18th century.

It was created by the Robinson family as part of their extensive cotton-milling activities along the River Leen.

But after the milling operation finished in 1828, the site slowly returned to nature and is now a wildlife haven for birds and bats.

It was back in 1999 that Papplewick Parish Council decided to try and conserve the wood and enhance its importance by restoring archaeological features and improving access to mark the new Millennium.

The Friends’ group was launched in 2001, since when tens of thousands of pounds worth of grants have been secured to enable various projects to go ahead.

The anniversary celebrations will run from 11 am to 3 pm with presentations and refreshments in the village hall on Linby Lane.

Invitations in the form of a glossy brochure have been sent out to nearby households. There will also be guided tours of the wood at 12 midday and 2 pm.