Hundreds back forest lottery bid
Hundreds of people have supported a lottery bid to spruce up Charnwood Forest by filling in a questionnaire.
Leicestershire County Council has called on the public to help it secure a £3 million Heritage Lottery grant towards conserving the forest and improving access.
So far, 350 people have returned a questionnaire asking what they cherish most about the forest and how they would like the money to be spent.
If successful, the lottery money will be used to support a range of programmes, with ideas including training in countryside skills and archaeological surveys.
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A Charnwood Forest Regional Park steering group has been set up to lead the bid.
Chairman Lesley Pendleton, who is also council cabinet member for environment, said: "We would like to thank everyone who has taken the time to fill in our questionnaire and demonstrate their support for our bid.
"It is apparent from the responses that people really treasure Charnwood Forest.
"It is a beautiful and unique area that is of geological, historical and environmental significance.
"We hope even more people who either live in the area or who like to visit it will take some time to support us by filling in the questionnaire."
The forest boasts some of the oldest rocks in Britain – dating back 550 million years – and is home to 85 species of birds, nine of amphibians and lizards and 21 of spiders.
Anyone who completes a questionnaire will be entered into a free draw with the prize free parking for a year at all county council country parks.
It is available until March 1 at: