A FORMER railway embankment which was once strewn with litter has begun its transformation to become a wildlife haven.

An area of disused railway embankments in Goldthorpe is undergoing changes to become a new outdoor destination for residents and nature, after the Dearne Area Council Team established ‘The Railway Embankment Group’.

The bridge was initially cleaned and painted in 2016 as part of an award-winning community project with young people on the South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue and South Yorkshire Police’s Prince’s Trust Team.

The scheme is due to complete in 2019 and once finished the embankment will feature an orchard and wildflower area, with a new access route to allow people to get into the site.

The site will be used for local environmental and wildlife sessions for all of the community to benefit. Interpretation boards designed by the Dearne Valley Landscape Partnership will be installed to provide visitors with the history and facts about the site.

Princes Trust Team Leader John Daley, said: “This project is evidence of the lasting impact that young people completing our courses can have. I am proud of the legacy we left in this area, contributing to a renewed interest in an unloved community space.”