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Have your say on Sandholes

Wednesday, 9th July 2008

In February this year over sixty people attended the first consultation event and gave their views on the original proposals.  Many of the suggestions that came forward have been incorporated into the revised plans.

With the benefit of these earlier comments, it is proposed that more trees be planted to create small copses, with mown areas for ball games and picnics.  Some of the extra trees will be planted in the centre on wetter ground, to create wet woodland, an increasingly rare habitat in Britain.  Longer grass elsewhere in the Park will encourage wild flowers and butterflies. The raspberries and blackberries will be kept for birds and jam-makers to enjoy.

‘We were delighted with the turnout for the previous event, and are hoping many locals will join us on the 19th to talk about how the plans are developing,’ said Alan Leather, Funding & Partnerships Officer for the National Forest Company. ‘The proposed changes have been developed by users of the site and we are eager to make sure that as many local people as possible have their say.’

Look for a gazebo on site on Saturday 19 July, where Alan, plus colleagues from the District Council and the Groundwork Trust, will be pleased to discuss the plans and listen to comments from all interested parties.  For further information contact Carrie Dalby at Groundwork Derby & Derbyshire on 01773 539426.