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Volunteers restore nature reserve

Volunteers have been helping with an ambitious project to protect wildlife and ease access for visitors at a Blackburn nature reserve.

Lancashire Wildlife Trust has been running weekly sessions at the River Darwen Parkway in Blackburn since last month where volunteers have been carrying out coppicing work in the reserve's dense planted woodland.

The project also aims to involve young people from local high schools, who will be able to gain qualifications.

It is fantastic to see local people donating their time and effort to help with the project. The work will help us protect and conserve some of the most threatened species in the area, and encourage more people to enjoy the reserve.

– Kim Coverdale, Lancashire Wildlife Trust