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Residents invited to have their say on open space

Archived press release

Date Published: 14/05/07

The people of Wendover are being given the opportunity to help shape the future of Walnut Tree Meadow – one of the village’s most popular open green spaces. Local residents are being invited to have their say on how they think this me...

The people of Wendover are being given the opportunity to help shape the future of Walnut Tree Meadow – one of the village’s most popular open green spaces.

Local residents are being invited to have their say on how they think this meadow can best be used as part of a consultation process currently underway.

A draft management plan and questionnaire have been produced by Aylesbury Vale District Council and all responses received will help to guide the future use of the meadow. Opinions and suggestions on access, site furniture, public art, biodiversity, site management and voluntary activities are welcomed.

Located off the Pursell Path (the old Halton railway line), the site, which is owned by AVDC, consists of meadow grass land, trees and shrubs of varying ages and species. It is mainly used for dog walking and rambling.

Initial ideas and options for the management and improvement of the meadow include:
• Creating a path linking into Ashbrook recreation ground and to the canal to allow easier access to the meadow
• Installing new signage and seating
• Creating two shallow ponds next to the existing pond in the meadow, with planting around the margins
• Planting more walnut trees to retain the heritage of the walnut meadow
• Erecting bird and bat boxes around the site

The council is also looking to establish a “Friends’ Group” to help maintain and preserve the site for future generations. A Friends’ Group can involve people of all ages, interests and backgrounds and there will be a variety of opportunities for those who volunteer – working with experts to learn about wildlife, developing skills such as bird identification, species surveying and recording, and making new friends whilst having a great deal of fun.

Matthew Partridge, Head of Leisure and Cultural Services, said: “The council is committed to enhancing and protecting the open spaces across Aylesbury Vale and to encouraging people to help care for these sites. We are hoping that the people of Wendover will tell us if they are happy with the proposed improvements at Walnut Tree Meadow and, if not, what they would like us to do. We will then use there suggestions to inform what happens on the site.” 

The questionnaire and draft management plan are available at www.aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk via the link You Tell Us, or can be collected from Wendover Library or the Clock Tower. The consultation period ends on 30 June.

For further information about this survey or setting up a Friends’ Group for the area, please contact Gareth Bird of AVDC’s green spaces team by telephoning 01296 585210 or emailing gbird@aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk

 

Contact information

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01296 585099

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