Bury Water Meadows Group pens walking guide and will give away 1,000 free copies

Mark Westley Photography. 'Authors Andrew Hinchley and Jillian MacReady with Sarah Vitale and walkers ANL-150428-205616009
Mark Westley Photography. 'Authors Andrew Hinchley and Jillian MacReady with Sarah Vitale and walkers ANL-150428-205616009
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A group which successfully fought to save a Bury St Edmunds beauty spot from development has produced a free illustrated walking guide show-casing the area.

The Bury Water Meadows Group are giving away 1,000 copies of the 32 page ‘A Tale of Two Rivers’ with a route highlighting sites along the Rivers Lark and Linnet.

It covers Ram Meadow, No Mans Meadow, The Butts Water Meadow and the path along the Leg of Mutton, which the group campaigned to save from being developed last year. Jillian Macready, lead author, said the book took three to four months to write and includes historical facts about local landmarks. She said: “It has been a lot of work but a real pleasure to produce a guide which will ensure that many more people see what a treasure we have in our midst - seeing kingfishers on the river in the middle of a busy large town such as Bury is something which shows how important our rivers and meadows are to nature.”

Andrew Hinchley, chairman of the group, added: “I welcome this first major step to give something back to the town after all the support in the campaign to save Leg of Mutton from development.”

It is available, thanks to funding from councillors, from tomorrow at the tourist information office at The Apex and tourist information points at the cathedral, Moyses Hall and West Stow Country Park. The group is offering a guided walk with Will Cranstoun, of Suffolk Wildlife Trust, on May 23 at 10am. To book, email info@bury-watermeadowsgroup.com