One of the boardwalks on West Park Local Nature Reserve (file photograph)

Boardwalk repairs planned at West Park nature reserve

Money is to be set aside for repairs to the boardwalks within the West Park Local Nature Reserve, Uckfield.

Town councillors provisionally placed £2,000 in the budget for 2019/2020; although a final decision is some weeks away.

West Park

Geoff Pollard pulling Himalayan Balsam In the Hempstead Meadow Local Nature Reserve

Ranger Geoff Pollard has carried out a steady programme of repairs on the boardwalks since March 2015.

He told members of the council’s environment and leisure committee in a report that it was originally constructed in 2002  but now the wood was rotting and splits in the chicken netting, which makes the surface non-slip, were corroding.

He suggested the programme of repairs could be over two or three years.

What can I see at West Park Local Nature Reserve?

From the town council website:

West Park Local Nature Reserve is of special value due to the variety of diverse habitats contained within the relatively small area of 11 hectares.

These include mixed woodland, grassland (much of which is flower-rich) and a sensitive marsh which supports a number of orchid species including the rare southern marsh orchid.

Wooded sandstone outcrops, home to at least 58 species of moss and liverworts, are also present here and were the site of a Mesolithic settlement.

There are numerous access points into the reserve which can be wet during the winter months.

Sheep sometimes graze here during the autumn to help prevent the spread of bracken and encourage delicate wild flowers to thrive. A population of dormice, a rare and protected species, has been discovered there.

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