Thornborough Parish Council is hoping for a handover date of April 1, to take over the running of Thornborough Community Woodlands.
The update was announced at the Thornborough Parish council meeting on Monday night.
Parish council chairman Mark Cole told the Advertiser: “We’ve been given a date of April 1 for the handover. That’s when Bucks County Council say they’ll be in a position to sign the lease.”
The young forest at Thornborough Community Woodlands was created at Coombs by Bucks County Council (BCC) in 1995, with trees planted over a five-year period.
The woodlands include a medieval quarry, which is now a Bucks Heritage Site and a Regionally Important Geological Site.
Up to now, the woods have been managed by BCC.
But in April last year, BCC’s Countryside Environment Group was disbanded under cost-cutting measures and parishes and local groups were asked to take over responsibiltiy for funding and maintaining the sites.
Thornborough Parish council agreed to take a 99-year lease on the woodlands at a peppercorn rent and take over their maintenance, including mowing, controlled grazing and hedge cutting, fencing and gate repairs.
The parish council is now looking at securing grant funding towards the estimated £7,000 annual maintenance costs.
It has already applied to the Greenspace Transition Fund, which gives grants to groups taking over management of green spaces from BCC.
Mr Cole said: “The main object is there’s no drain on the community. It’s for the community by the community once we’ve taken it over.”
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