About this cause
OCLT seeks to protect, rejuvenate and maintain large areas of previously largely derelict land in the Ore area (principally Speckled Wood, the areas last green Lung), for the benefit of the local community and to protect animal habitat. One of the projects is connecting footpaths through the area to a larger network of cycling and walking routes (Greenway). This is an exciting challenge, working with the local council (the status of the area is defined in the local plan), the community and other local charitable organisations to clear wasteland, rejuvenate the local woods and open spaces, to provide access to local residents and groups. The task involves assistance from bodies such as The Conservation Volunteers. Fundraising is an important element of the charity's activities.
How this cause brings people in the community together
Involve local volunteers, schools, church mice, Scouts and Guides, and other community groups. Run educational courses, run by Outdoor Studio or similar to provide artist-led workshops for creative learning that explores environments and landscapes. Hold guided tours through the woods. Instigate a programme of community-led woodland management, replanting and reseeding of indigenous species.