New beauty spot for Kettlethorpe

Improvements to a run-down woodland at Holmes Plantation, Wharncliffe Road, Kettlethorpe have been completed.L-R Clare Easter,Beryl Emmett,Tom Craik,Elizabeth Barcroft,Kay Coxon and Christine Easter.
Improvements to a run-down woodland at Holmes Plantation, Wharncliffe Road, Kettlethorpe have been completed.L-R Clare Easter,Beryl Emmett,Tom Craik,Elizabeth Barcroft,Kay Coxon and Christine Easter.

PEOPLE power has transformed a run-down woodland into a community retreat for Kettlethorpe residents.

People living near Holmes Plantation helped come up with a masterplan of improvements for the site, which was one targeted by flytippers and joy riders.

New footpaths, tree clearances and gates to combat litter louts are part of the project after a campaign by Kettlethorpe Tenants’ and Residents’ Association.

The group teamed up with Wakefield and District Housing (WDH) and regeneration organisation Groundwork on the plan, which includes a set of artistic bollards inspired by local wildlife and made by woodwork firm Handspring Design.

Residents attended a community bulb planting to officially open the site near Wharncliffe Road on Saturday.

Coun Monica Graham said the plantation had been transformed into a beauty spot residents could be proud of.

She said: “On behalf of Kettlethorpe residents I would like to thank Groundwork and WDH for the investment and hard work they have put into Holmes Plantation.

“What was once a neglected area with fly tipping and litter issues is now a clean and green wooded area in the centre of Kettlethorpe.”

WDH and Groundwork said they would continue to work with the residents association to improve other areas of Kettlethorpe.

Martyn Gorton, service director at WDH, said: “This work has not only improved people’s immediate environment, but it has also tackled the important issue of fly tipping in the area which was totally unacceptable.

“We’re always pleased to work with tenants to make their environment a great place to live and we hope more people can now enjoy this area.”