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A New Management Plan 2019 – 2024

Asker Meadows Management Plan

Why a new plan?

Asker Meadows is a much loved and much used green space close to the heart of Bridport. The Meadows together with the area known as New Zealand provide much needed green spaces; for wildlife, for a range of community events, for  walkers and their dogs and for a Sustrans route for cyclists. Over the last 5 years the Town Council working with the Asker Meadows Nature Reserve Group have undertaken a number of practical improvements. More activity now needs to be considered and planned for.

Asker Meadows Management Plan 2019 – 2024 Public Consultation

Bridport Town Council working with the Asker Meadows Local Nature Reserve Group has been developing a new management plan for the popular riverside meadows and are now seeking public views on the draft management plan.

Asker Meadows is a much loved and much used green space close to the heart of Bridport. The Meadows together with the area known as New Zealand provide much needed green spaces; for wildlife, for a range of community events, for walkers and their dogs and for a Sustrans route for cyclists.

Over the last 5 years the Town Council working with the Asker Meadows Nature Reserve Group have undertaken a number of practical improvements. More activity now needs to be considered and planned for.

The draft management plan puts forward a vision for the site – “An area rich in wildlife, enjoyed by local people for informal recreation”. The main objectives of the plan are to:

  • Maintain and enhance the grazing meadows for their wildlife interests.
  • Safeguard wildlife interest along the river corridor, including non- intervention/ sanctuary areas.
  • Undertake tree planting and hedge management to provide wildlife interest and structure.
  • Maintain surfaced paths as shared spaces for walkers and cyclists.
  • Run education events to promote awareness and appreciation of wildlife and encourage responsible behaviours.
  • Create seating/ picnic areas to encourage people to enjoy and get to know the area.
  • Manage the Show Field for a select number of community events.

Town Clerk, Will Austin is keen to hear what the local community thinks of the new plan for Asker Meadows : “It’s very important that local people tell us what they think of the plan as it will guide future use and management over the next 10 years. Whatever your views, let us know, a quick email will be fine.”

Find out more:

All comments should be emailed to ddixon@bridport-tc.gov.uk or posted to the Town Council, Mountfield, Bridport, DT6 3JP

The closing date for comments on the draft Asker Meadows management plan is FRIDAY 5th April 2019.

 

 

 

 

 

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