Loftus Community Woodland
We’re teaming up with several local partners to deliver an exciting environmental renewal project in Loftus, transforming a 4.6-acre disused allotment site into an accessible woodland park that connects local people to nature.
The creation of the woodland park will also provide work and training opportunities in groundwork and labouring for young people, giving them a taste of what it’s like to work on an environmental project this big and providing that vital experience for their CV.
Activities we’ve done so far
Health and guided walks
When: Every Friday at 1pm
Where: Loftus Town Hall
Explore Loftus by joining Loftus ACCORD walking group on their 90 minute walks around the area. Walkers should wear sturdy boots or shoes and have clothing suitable for all weather conditions. For further information please visit
Alice in Wonderland performance
East Cleveland Arts and the Youth Theatre delivered fantastic performances of Alice in Wonderland
Performances took place in and around Cowscote Woodland, during the June 2021 half term holidays. Guests joined Alice on her adventure around the woodland. Alongside the outdoor performances, there was a fair of local businesses and special guests to keep guests entertained.
Folktales in Cowscote Wood
In partnership with Whippet Up, we hosted an illuminated trail around Cowscote Wood.
We had costumed characters telling stories and poems around the wood, as well as mini events around Loftus heritage with characters like the Saxon Prince.
Held on the 17th September, the East Cleveland bat group held a community walk where people of all ages encountered, enjoyed, learnt and appreciated bats in their neighbourhood.
Woodland Pumpkin walk
Woodland Partnership Halloween event held at Loftus Leisure Centre car park.
There was the opportunity to visit MFC Foundation’s bus or have a go on the climbing wall, and take part in more spooky activities from stallholders.
Since January 2021, our volunteers have given over 4,500 hours of their time to support various projects in Loftus. From October, Trainee Supervisor Mike from Groundwork NE & Cumbria will be leading weekly volunteer sessions, alternating between Wednesdays and Thursdays, with a monthly weekend session available.
If you would like more information about volunteering, or to get involved, please contact:
Volunteer hours to support various projects in Loftus
Frequently asked questions
- Can I bid on a bungalow?
The bungalows, apartments and one-bedroom homes on the Hummersea Hills development are only available to those that are nominated through Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council’s Adult Access Team.
- What is supported housing?
Supported housing is accommodation with support and care in place to enable people with vulnerabilities and their families to live independently in their homes. This could be elderly people or people of any age with a disability, including families with a disabled child. The accommodation is specially designed and built to support their needs, with features such as accessible bathrooms, wide doorways and hallways for wheelchair access, and installation of telecare sensors and devices.
- What is the rent to buy scheme?
Rent to buy is a home ownership scheme that allows first time buyers to move into a new home straight away, on an assured shorthold tenancy for up to five years, paying a reduced rent of 80% of the market value. From year one to year five, you have the option to purchase a share of your home, and after five years you can purchase it outright. You can find out more about the rent to buy scheme at Viola Homes.
- Are these homes available to purchase?
22 of the homes are available through the rent to buy home ownership scheme. These homes are not available for outright purchase.
- What is Home Swapper, and how do I use it?
Home Swapper is a website which allows social housing customers to swap homes with other social housing customers.
- What types of homes are available on the development?
The full scheme will include:
- 9 one and two bedroom apartments
- 10 one bedroom homes
- 24 one, two and three bedroom bungalows
- 58 two bedroom homes
- 23 three bedroom homes
- 4 four bedroom homes.
- 43 homes will be delivered as part of a new supported housing scheme called The View
- 63 two, three and four-bedroom homes will be available for rent
- 22 two, three and four-bedroom homes will be available for rent to buy.
- When will the homes be available on Tees Valley Homefinder?
The two, three and four bedroom homes for general needs will be advertised on Tees Valley Homefinder as phases are released and will be advertised a minimum of six to eight weeks prior to completion. They will be advertised for approximately one week and we would advise checking regularly to avoid disappointment. As an example, the phase three release date is Jul 2022 and we would expect to see these homes made available on Tees Valley Homefinder from Monday 2 May 2022. There may be additional requirements which give priority to applicants who live and work in the local area.
- Can I apply for homes that are designated as supported housing?
To be eligible for one of our supported living homes you must:
1. Live in Redcar and Cleveland
2. Have an assessed care need
3. Be referred by social care.
The 43 supported housing apartments, houses and bungalows will not be advertised on Tees Valley Homefinder and will be allocated through a nomination process with Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council. If you require additional support to live independently in your home, please call the Adult Access Team on 01642 065070 or email email@example.com.
- I am interested in renting a property in Loftus, what do I need to do?