Woodlands signs Leader case study.
Purchase of ownership signs and interpretation panels for the woods in Buxton which are owned by the Buxton Civic Association (BCA). The scheme consists of a minimum of 29 welcome signs and 21 interpretation panels designed to encourage use of the woods and it is expected that the installation of the signs and panels will increase the dwell time of visitors to Poole's Cavern and woodland areas. The majority of the signs will be sited in the larger woods at Grin Woods, Corbar Woods and Gadley Woods. Panels will be changed seasonally.
The project will enhance the usage of the woods in order to preserve them today, enhance them now ,and to protect them for future generations, the BCA seeks to raise their profile to locals and visitors alike by using a variety of media channels, to tell their story, improve their perceived value to the community and to increase balanced access to them.
An ongoing programme of investment is underway to improve the existing paths, both to increase accessibility and to reduce the damage to the woodland ecology.
No revenue is generated from the woods. BCA has a policy of leaving fallen trees and wood in situ, other than clearing it from paths, where it will still remain in the wood. Any increase in income would be a result of:
Total cost: £16,900
LEADER grant: £13,520
Two new jobs created.
Increase in number of day visitors 4,451.
Additional number of overnight visitors 450.