Grant means it’s green for go at former Woodhall Spa airfield site

Matt Baker at Woodhall Spa airfield
Matt Baker at Woodhall Spa airfield

Seventy years ago, it resonated to the sounds of Lancaster Bombers and other iconic Second World War aircraft.

More recently, it was the noise of diggers and dumper trucks as they extracted sand and gravel from the area.

Now, the former RAF airfield at Woodhall Spa is set for a rather more tranquil future - as a nature reserve.

The Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust has secured £450,000 of grant funding to buy the site.

It plans to ‘convert’ the airfield - once ‘home to the legendary 617 Dambusters Squadron - into a haven for wildlife and a monument to the area’s important aviation heritage.

The money has come from WREN’s Biodiversity Action Fund, although the Wildlife Trust has been actively raising funds themselves.

Paul Learoyd, chief executive of the Trust, said: “The major contribution from WREN has made the purchase of the airfield a reality.

“Together with contributions from members and other supporters, it is allowing us to safeguard the site and to start an exciting restoration project.”

News of exactly what the Trust plans is likely to be announced over coming weeks.

The site is already home to a large variety of wildlife and fauna.

News of the purchase comes just weeks after the airfield project was featured on BBC’s Countryfile.

Presenter Matt Baker is pictured above on his visit to the airfield alongside Dave Bromwich from the Wildlife Trust.