Coal mine set for £5 million green makeover

A former coal mine in Derbyshire could be transformed into woodland if the Woodland Trust succeeds in acquiring the site

A former coal mine in Derbyshire could be transformed into woodland if the Woodland Trust succeeds in acquiring the site.

The charity is initially buying a quarter of the land thanks to donations from the Veolia Environmental Trust, through the Landfill Communities Fund and Pears Foundation, and is seeking to raise further funds to buy the remaining land.

The project aims to plant around a quarter of a million trees on the Lodge House opencast mine, a 162 hectare site near the town of Heanor which ceased coal production in 2016. The site already has a number of footpaths and bridleways that the charity would seek to retain. Some parts of the site would be left open for natural regeneration, the charity said in a statement.

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