Public surge of money to support Harrogate's Long Lands Common woodland campaign

Community organisers behind what will be Harrogate’s first community-owned woodland, are now only almost £10,000 from their £300,000 target to buy Long Lands Common - but there are just five days to go before the deadline..

Monday, 16th November 2020, 9:06 am
Updated Monday, 16th November 2020, 9:36 am

A Facebook post by the Long Lands Common Team team said:

"The community response over this last week has been fantastic! Since last Saturday (November 7) we have sold over £35,000 of Community Shares and we are now in touching distance of the magic £300,000!

A map of Harrogate's Long Lands Common location - People can buy as many £50 shares as they like but each person will only have one vote in order to ensure that the community retains control of the woodland.

"With less than one week to go we are £25,000 from the optimum target we set ourselves to make the dream a reality and create Harrogate & Knaresborough's first community owned woodland nature reserve."

"A massive thank you to all of you who have invested so far and taken us so close, as a community, to achieving the dream.

"Please help spread the word to friends, family and colleagues that the time to buy into this unique, community project is running out."

The land for Long Lands Common is located on the border of the Nidderdale Greenway, close to its starting point at The Avenue in Starbeck and the Bilton Triangle.

The goal is to transform an available piece of Harrogate greenbelt farmland into a new 30-acre public woodland, accessible to all, with thousands of trees providing a rich habitat for a wide variety of wildlife.

A spokeperson for Nidd Gorge Community Action, the volunteers group behind the Long Lands Common project, said: "The 20th November is fast approaching but we still have just over £10k to raise to reach our £300k target - but we can do it!"

People can buy as many £50 shares as they like but each person will only have one vote in order to ensure that the community retains control of the woodland.

To buy shares in the project and to discover more about Long Lands Common and the people behind it, visit their website at: www.longlandscommon.org

Or people can request a paper application form by phoning 01423 560283 and leaving their name and address for postage.

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