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Thursday, 21 April 2011

National Park helps create nature reserve


James Brown, New Forest National Park Authority Ranger
with a Maybush Copse volunteer

Rangers from the New Forest National Park Authority are working with local volunteers from Landford to help turn an area of disused ground into a small nature reserve.

Maybush Copse was originally intended by Wiltshire Country Council to be the site for a new school, however these plans fell through, and it has stood a scrub ground for over 20 years, it have now given to Landford Parish Council for the benefit of the local area.

Rangers are working with the Parish Council to help create an open space that can be used and appreciated by the whole community. The Authority is funding the woodland clearance, a path and access gates, as well as helping with the clean-up operation.

‘Everyone has really got behind this project,’ says James Brown, the New Forest National Park Authority Ranger for the north of the Forest. ‘Our role is to help the Parish Council create an area that will benefit everyone; including local school children. There has been a great level of support from the volunteers who have given up their time to help clear up the debris.

‘Once the site is up and running visitors can look forward to the space becoming a hive of nature activity.’

David Bennett from Landford Parish Council added: ‘We’re really pleased to have had the help of the National Park Authority and have been overwhelmed by the level of support locally by people volunteering their time.

‘The whole community has come together through this project and we are looking forward to working with local schools and community groups.’

If you are interested in volunteering in the New Forest, visit the http://www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/volunteering_opportunities

Recommended Reading: New Forest (Landmark Visitor Guide)


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