Village set for BBC TV Springwatch spruce-up

A BBC Springwatch action team is heading down to Churwell this weekend to help transform the area for the channel's annual nature show.

The Woodcross project has been chosen by the BBC after winning the West Riding area section

Churwell Action Group, Churwell Primary School and local volunteers will be working with Leeds Countryside Rangers, BBC Radio Leeds and BCTV to give the area a facelift.

Radio Leeds will be broadcasting from the site all weekend and there will be plenty of family entertainment to go alongside all the hard work.

Churwell Action Group member Janet Harrison said the whole community had come together to work on the project.

"Councillors Finnigan and Elliott have helped us raise money and Morley in Bloom have promised to help pay for the beautiful wild flowers we are going to plant in the meadow," she said.

"So once again Morley groups are pulling together to improve the environment."

The plan at Woodcross Woodlands is to turn the little-known area of public open space into a BBC 'Breathing Place'.

The makeover will involve clearing the woodland pond of leaf litter, planting oxygenating plants and identifying an area of wild grassland to allow grasses and wildflowers to flourish.

Paths will be redefined and there'll be lots of activities for the public to 'Do One Thing' for nature including planting native woodland plants and putting up bird and bat boxes as well as putting a bench on the woodland edge and creating a sign for the area.

The team of enthusiastic volunteers and experts have just two days to transform their neglected patch of land so they'll need all their ingenuity and determination to make it happen.

To reward them for the hard work younger volunteers will be able to take part in a tree ID quiz, complete art activity sheets and make a bird or bat mask.

Anyone who wants to go along to lend a hand can do so between 10am and 3pm on Saturday and Sunday, June 7 and 8.

Please make sure you wear suitable clothing (there are stinging nettles in the area) and footwear as it is muddy and wet.

Find out more about Breathing Places and all the SWAT events taking places at 50 sites across the UK at