Community asked for feedback on Towcester Watermeadow

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As spring unfolds South Northamptonshire residents are being asked how they would like to grow plans for Towcester's grade II listed Watermeadows.

In 2009 South Northamptonshire Council (SNC) and its partners bought the Watermeadows from the Easton Neston Estate as part of the Moat Lane Regeneration Project.

Since then the Watermeadows have undergone a light restoration to improve habitats and access. It has also become a popular dog walking spot and a haven for wildlife.

SNC has now joined forces with landscape and ecology specialists, the Red Kite Network, to draw up a 15 year management and maintenance plan.

Ed Potter, SNC's head of environmental services said: "The Watermeadows allows a previously confined area of the town to breathe. Town centre visitors have somewhere to walk off a good meal; near-by residents have an open and safe place to exercise their dogs, and schools have somewhere to learn about nature.

"It is a public asset and before we lay out plans for its future, we need reliable information on how often people use it and why. And perhaps more importantly, why people don’t use it."

A public consultation on the Watermeadows opens on Monday, 10 April and people are being urged to complete an online survey which asks if they use the Watermeadows and how they use it.

Work carried out recently includes the felling and trimming of several trees to ensure the safety of the public. The Watermeadows will also no longer be used to graze cattle between the months of April and September. Future grazing will be limited and used to increase bio-diversity in specific places.

Last month SNC officers and representatives from Red Kite began the consultation process by outlining the methods they will use to draw up the management plan to members of Towcester Town Council, Towcester Wildlife Trust, Towcester Evening WI, South Northants Leisure Trust and the Environment Agency.

The consultation ends at midnight on Sunday, 23 April, to take part complete this survey.