Village could get woodland area

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A VILLAGE could be about to get a new woodland area after plans were put forward.

At a meeting of Barton Mills Parish Council on December 10, a proposal was put forward to create woodland on a site just outside the village.

Tonight, the council will meet again to discuss the proposal further.

The scheme involves bout two acres of land next to the A11 which the council purchased in 2005.

The land has been unused since, with various schemes proposed to develop it, including allotments.

Now, Cllr Pamela Boura has put forward to the council that the land could be developed with the help of the Woodland Trust.

She said: “We’re now looking at applying to work in partnership with the Woodland Trust to develop the site.

“It would turn what is a bit of wasteland into a community resource.”

The project would rely on help from the Woodland Trust’s Community Scheme, which would see 420 saplings being given to the parish council. The local community would then have to plant the trees.

Clearing the land was described as a ‘considerable undertaking’ and Cllr Boura has been quoted about £1,000 by one contractor for the work to be carried out. Further quotes are being sought.

Some councillors have expressed doubts about the plan, with costs a main concern.

Others, including Cllr Charlie Peachey, feel that the land should be allowed to regenerate naturally.

It is hoped that work on the site would begin in the autumn.

James Bercovici, parish council clerk, said the site’s potential use was a recurring issue for councillors.

He also emphasised that no decision had been made on the plans and discussions would continue.