Lottery bid team seek public's help
Supporters of a £3 million Lottery bid to help spruce up Charnwood Forest are calling on the public to back the campaign.
A questionnaire has been produced by Leicestershire County Council on behalf of Charnwood Forest Regional Park Steering Group.
It asks people to say what they love most about the forest and what they would like to see improved.
With submissions for the first phase of funding due in May, Councillor Lesley Pendleton, the council's environment spokesman, said public backing was crucial.
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She met Peter Tyldesley, manager of Bradgate Park Trust, and its chairman, Councillor David Snartt, in Newtown Linford, to discuss the bid and chat to visitors.
"Charnwood Forest is unique area, not just in the county but the world in terms of its geological significance," she said.
"We want to ensure it continues to be a vibrant place to live and visit.
"There is so much that could be done to enhance and conserve the forest, as well improving on what it has to offer.
"The Heritage Lottery will be looking for bids with significant popular support and with the public's backing we have a greater chance of success."
Projects could include new bridle paths and cycling routes, training in woodland skills, classes on the forest's history and archaeological surveys.
For the questionnaire, call 0116 305 7067 or visit: