Play equipment to be removed from Honiton nature reserve

PUBLISHED: 15:00 25 December 2017 | UPDATED: 10:09 03 January 2018

East Devon District Councils countryside team plans to improve wildflower grassland management of the site.

East Devon District Councils countryside team plans to improve wildflower grassland management of the site.

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The decision comes as part of a move to improve the habitat at Honiton Bottom nature reserve, which is managed by the council’s countryside team.

Play equipment at a Honiton nature reserve will be removed in the ‘next few months’, the district council has confirmed.

The decision comes as part of a move to improve the habitat at Honiton Bottom nature reserve, which is managed by the council’s countryside team.

Once removed, the team is planning to expand on areas of tree planting, improve wildflower grassland management and enhance access through the site with footpath improvement and new benches.

Nathan Robinson, a countryside ranger who will be working on the site, said: “These necessary changes in the management of Honiton Bottom provide the opportunity to greatly improve the local nature reserve for wildlife through enhanced habitat management.

“Improvements to footpaths and seating making will also make the area a more enjoyable place for visitors.’’

Over the coming months, there will be increased involvement from the east Devon conservation volunteers who will be planting more trees to create wooded areas, continuing to support the development of the new orchard, and installing new benches at Honiton Bottom.

The Countryside team manage ten nature reserves across the district – get in touch by emailing countryside@eastdevon.gov.uk or by calling 01395 517557.

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