People living in Throop could soon be able to enjoy walking in a new park if new proposals are approved.
Spanning around 12 hectares the Throop Nature Park would help to boost the local wildlife population by restoring lost hedgerows to improve wildlife habitats for birds, bats, insects and other small animals, as well as protect local wildlife from disturbance. BCP council will be extending riverside fencing to create a sanctuary for the otter population that use this stretch of the River Stour and species rich grasslands will be restored through carefully managed cattle grazing.
Cllr Mark Anderson, portfolio holder for Environment, Cleansing and Waste commented, “Getting outside in our parks and open spaces has never been more important to people’s wellbeing than it is now. Being outdoors, breathing in fresh air, getting exercise and enjoying everything that nature has to offer can all have a positive effect on people’s mental and physical health, which is essential going forward.
“We’re hugely proud of the 24 Green Flags we’ve been awarded across our conurbation. We want to build on this success and create even more green spaces for our residents to enjoy.”
The park will link up with Stour Valley Nature Reserve, generating miles of green open spaces for everyone to explore in nature. It will also feature circular walks, space for families to explore and get back to nature, and places for dogs to exercise.
Cllr Philip Broadhead, deputy leader and portfolio holder for Regeneration, Economy and Strategic Planning, BCP Council commented, “We want to create a coastline of opportunity across the conurbation and if approved, this nature park will hugely benefit our local area and strengthen our commitment to our local communities and the quality of life we all enjoy.”
These new plans for a Nature Park replace previous work that was undertaken to create a Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace at Hicks Farm.
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