A fundraiser to boost biodiversity at a Honley beauty spot has achieved its target.

Magdale Fields and Dam is a conservation area owned and managed by Honley Village Community Trust.

The Trust successfully bid to become one of over 100 charities to participate in the Green Match Fund Campaign.

Launched on World Earth Day last Thursday, the Trust had just a week to raise £2,500 which would be match-funded and doubled up to £5,000. The £2,500 target was reached with three days to spare.

Magdale consists of grassland, woodland and an old industrial millpond. It is bounded on one side by the River Holme and has Mag Brook running through it.

The Trust’s plans include a community orchard, a pond/wetland area, the creation of wildflower meadows, the introduction of non-invasive water plants and the management of woodland to improve wildlife habitats.

Trust spokesman Steve Hemming said: “We are delighted to have raised our target of £5,000 within four days. Donations can still be made at http://bit.ly/magdale2021 up to midday on Thursday April 29.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for us to make our contribution to tackling climate change and protecting species by improving the biodiversity of Magdale Fields and Dam.

“We will use the funds this year to prepare the ground for planting a Community Orchard next Spring with the involvement of Honley Primary School, create a bee bank, sow more wildflower seeds to improve our wildflower meadows and plant native water plants in Magdale Dam.

“We have a committed and energetic group of volunteers that will help us to make a difference for the benefit of the local community.”