A bid by Sudbury charity the Eden Rose Coppice Trust to take over a nature site behind Sainsbury’s has been backed by councillors and residents.
The bid by the charity, which successfully turned an area of wasteland in Sudbury and turned it into a haven of palliative care, was given unanimous backing by Sudbury Town Council.
The scheme was also backed by volunteers and wildlife lovers who had formed a working group to find the best future for the site.
The town council had offered to take over the running of the land owned by Sainsbury’s, but said it did not have the manpower or expertise.
Sudbury Common Lands Charity was also approached but said it would only be interested once works of around £3,000, had been completed.
In the end councillors were unanimous in selecting the Eden Rose Coppice.
Jacqui Howells, Sudbury town clerk and a member of the working group, said the group was happy to work with Mr Brooks.
“Volunteers such as George Millins have done an enormous amount of work and it’s important that anybody who takes over ensures this is not undone.”
Mr Millins said: “We need to engage people with the natural world as we are destroying it. We’ve got to do something and get young people involved.”
Mr Brooks plans to use the site to provide people with complex mental health problems the opportunity to take positive steps towards their future.
Working closely with existing groups working at the site, including George Millins and other wildlife volunteers, the site formally known as the William Armes gives Eden-Rose Coppice Trust further opportunities in supporting people from the Sudbury area and especially Cornard.
“Over the last few years we have developed a great relationship with people such as George Millins and his volunteers who are passionate about wildlife and woodland habitat,” said Mr Brooks.
“Sudbury Town Council have been very encouraging in allowing us to pursue our need for growth and understand that without this development we would have struggled to help all those waiting to join us on our differing programs.
“Now all we need to do is research any former names for the small woodland or create a new one if no formal name exists.”