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[20 JAN 00] STRATFORD ON AVON DISTRICT COUNCIL PRESS RELEASE
Developing Welcombe Hills For Wildlife

Further work is being carried out by the local council on improving the woodland area on the Welcombe Hills in Stratford-upon-Avon. A new ring fence is being installed to keep cattle out of the area known as Nursery Cover.

Stratford District Council is spending some 5,500 on the fencing, which will allow the structure and quality of the wood to be improved through natural regeneration and supplementary planting. Public use of the wood will not be affected, with access being available through various stiles and kissing gates. The fencing is expected to be completed early next week.

To provide a more open aspect to the area, some supplementary clearance of adjacent hawthorn scrub is also taking place to link the upper and lower grassland. The work is part of an overall scheme by the district council to create a recreational belt around the north of Stratford between the A439 Warwick Road and the A46 bypass.

Last year the council purchased a 74 acre tract of land next to this area of the Welcombe Hills which it already owned. The land has significant ecological value, providing important habitats for wildlife and invertebrates, which the council intends to enhance and protect from inappropriate development.

MORE INFORMATION:
Mark Lepkowski, Press Officer   01789 260104
Paul Walker, Woodlands & Greenspace Officer  01789 260642
  

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