Archive – Press Statements

Holme Valley Land Charity grant scheme awards

The Trustee of the Holme Valley Land Charity is pleased to announce that the first of its land and environmental grants have been agreed.

The Land Charity makes grants for land or environment projects, especially with a strong educational element.  Almost a dozen applications have been received and considered in the last three months.

From the first tranche of £10,000 to be distributed in the Valley, £500 has been awarded to Hepworth Playgroup & Pre-School to create a vegetable planting area within the grounds of the Pre-school.  The planting area will help teach the children about sustainability and economic wellbeing, as well as environmental issues.

£2,000 has been awarded to Holmfirth Junior & Infant School to redevelop the adventure playground.  This will include a ‘bug pit’ with logs and rocks for scientific investigation and experimentation, a puddle pool with natural cobbles and waterfall for sensory development.  A sleeper sandpit with a cover will encourage tactile play, and a mud kitchen will provide kinaesthetic learning opportunities within the outdoor environment.

Members of the Trustee felt that both applications were ideal projects to support, as they met the Land Charity’s aims.

The Trustee has also allocated £500 to Kirklees Bridleways Group towards wooden fencing, wooden stiles and stone surfacing in Honley Wood, and £1,500 to Hade Edge Football Club towards the repair and replacement of dry stone walling on the perimeter of the football field.

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Chairman at the time, Greg Cropper, is seen above, presenting a cheque to representatives of Hade Edge AFC; this was at the opening ceremony of the new changing room and other facilities at the Club, back in June 2015.

It has also agreed funding of £588 for Honley Business Association to purchase gloves and litter pickers which will be used to spruce up the village ready for its entry into the Yorkshire in Bloom contest in the summer.  The Land Charity will also contribute towards a stone trough which will be engraved – at the Land Charity’s cost – as a lasting legacy of the Land Charity’s contribution.

The Trustee favours small-scale, locally based initiatives and funding is primarily for one-off projects such as towards something tangible and not towards running costs, salaries etc.

The Land Charity Scheme has been extended until the first tranche of £10,000 has been allocated. More information about the Land Charity and its grant scheme are provided elsewhere on this website or you are welcome to contact the Secretary by email on

Press Statement – 3 December 2014

The Management Committee of the Holme Valley Land Charity would like to correct inaccuracies contained in an article which was published in the Huddersfield Examiner on 24 November 2014. This article followed the Land Charity’s submission of an outline planning application for a site at Sude Hill, New Mill and objections from some local residents. The Management Committee wishes to respond, by stating the facts, and has published the following statement:

Response to article in Examiner re Sude Hill OPP and HVLC -3_12_14