Dream of a ‘green belt’ being realised

Steve Wilson and his dogs enjoy a stroll at Jenny's Wood.
Steve Wilson and his dogs enjoy a stroll at Jenny's Wood.

Boston Woods Trust volunteers are realising their dream of securing some much-valued green space for the future.

Boston Woods Trust volunteers are realising their dream of securing some much-valued green space for the future.

Boston Woods chairman Adrian Isaac

Boston Woods chairman Adrian Isaac

Those working on the project are one step closer to creating Boston’s ‘green belt’ - with the trust now in the process of buying an additional 10 acres.

It has been a labour of love for trust chairman Adrian Isaac - who hatched the idea for the scheme back in 1998.

His grand idea is for a line of woodland – individual woods all linking up to create a continuous 3,000 acre seven-mile long green belt for walkers and cyclists.

“I felt there was nowhere for people to walk and get out in the countryside,” said Mr Isaac.

Praising Mr Isaac, a spokesman for Boston Borough Council said: “He is as enthusiastic now at 73 and with replacement knees and hip for the hard work that managing and enhancing 100 acres of country park inevitably brings, as he was 17 years’ ago when he came up with the idea for a green belt for Boston.”

With the help of volunteers, Mr Isaac turned flat arable fields into attractive woodland which people regularly enjoy visiting and walking their dogs at. The original plot, Westgate Wood, measuring 23.5 acres was obtained as part of the Woods on Your Doorstep initiative with the assistance of the Woodland Trust. Mr Isaac drove the fundraising effort to buy the land – raising £58,000 in just two weeks. This maturing woodland is now home to 33 native species of tree and all the native wildlife they attract. It lies between Five House Lane and Old Hammond Beck Road in Wyberton, with areas for off-road parking.

Volunteer Roger Budge said: “Adrian is the one person who has done so much to make all this a reality. His personal commitment has been extraordinary.”

Asda in Boston recently boosted the trust’s fund with a £200 donation.

Boston Woods Trust was formed in 2001. The nine-acre Grange Wood followed, and then the 12-acre Beech Wood. In 2007 the 27-acre Sir Joseph Banks Country Park, next to Westgate Wood, was purchased and seeded with a wild flower mix, followed by the planting of trees. An oak shelter belt was planted at the end of 2008. In 2011, a meadow was developed across the road from Westgate Wood, leading onto the extension being developed as Jenny’s Wood, featuring ponds attracting wildlife. This area is on the other side of Five House Lane, reaching to West End Road, Wyberton. It includes a community orchard planted to mark The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012. Other wooded areas are Beech Wood and Grange Wood, off Fenside Road. In 2014, a brick ‘owl tower’ was built for the birds to nest in.

For details or to volunteer call 01205 365949 visit www.bostonwoods.co.uk