A project to encourage Stevenage residents to visit and enjoy local woodland is to get a boost from a county council grant.

County Councillor Robin Parker (Chells) has awarded £1000 from his locality budget to Groundwork Hertfordshire to pay for the creation of information/interpretation signs for Ashtree Wood, Pestcotts Spring and the woodland strip alongside Chells Park.

The signs will contain information about wildlife and local history to help make the woods more welcoming and to encourage more people to visit them. This is part of a wider project entitled ‘Living Web’, to enhance the recreational value and biodiversity of some of Stevenage’s community woodlands.

A total of £10,000 is available to each of the 77 members of Hertfordshire County Council to spend on worthwhile community projects in their area.

Cllr Parker said:

The county council has long been a supporter of projects to conserve wildlife and encourage people to make the most of the countryside on their doorstep – with all the health benefits that entails – particularly in areas where people may not always feel confident about venturing off the beaten track.

This project, which directly involves the local community, will provide more opportunities for outdoor recreation, education and exercise and I am very happy to support it through my locality budget.

Locality budgets were launched in July 2009, with funding to be used for worthy social, economic or environmental causes in Hertfordshire. For information on how to apply for funding under the scheme, visit www.hertsdirect.org and type ‘locality budgets’ into the search box.