The award-winning Dalton Bank Local Nature Reserve in Huddersfield is an important wildlife habitat and fantastic educational site for local schools.
Twenty hectares of open land on the edge of Huddersfield has been enhanced to reveal the natural beauty of the area and encourage its use by local residents and schools for recreation and education.
Funding for the site came from a partnership between Syngenta, the local authority - Kirklees Metropolitan Council, and the Environmental Alliance, as well as grants from the Countryside Agency and the Forestry Commission. Work started on the development of Dalton Bank Local Nature Reserve in 1992. Since then the partnership has involved the whole local community in transforming the site into accessible countryside.
Within three years, the site was sufficiently improved to be formally designated a Local Nature Reserve (LNR) by Kirklees Metropolitan Council and English Nature. In November 1997, the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust awarded the Yorkshire Environmental Award to the site. Then, in June 2000, the reserve received the UK Man and the Biosphere Urban Wildlife Award for Excellence.
In 2002 English Nature invested more than £20,000 to develop a programme of environmental education for local schools and young people. The funding was provided by the Lottery operator, Camelot, and in 2003 the site was presented with a blue plaque, as part of a scheme to serve as an example of where £14 billion in lottery cash has been spent in recent years.
Simon Pedley, Countryside Officer for Kirklees Metropolitan Council said: “Dalton Bank LNR is an excellent place for people to see wildlife and enjoy the natural environment. The partnership between Kirklees Metropolitan council and Syngenta demonstrates just how much joint projects can achieve. By working together we can help to ensure the future of the site as a valuable resource for the local community.”