New Section Of Towcester Watermeadows Now Fully Open To The Public
|Published: 2nd April 2012 17:23|
Christine Burbury, Mayoress of Towcester, Cllr Martin Johns (SNC) and Towcester Town Mayor; David Reed (Towcester Wildlife Trust), Cllr John Townsend (SNC and member of Watermeadows Management Group); Cllr John Townsend (SNC and member of Watermeadows Management Group), Cllr Rebecca Breese (SNC and portfolio holder for Environmental Policy), Cllr Sally Townsend (SNC and Chairman of South Northamptonshire Council) and Val Conway (WNDC Commercial Development Executive) on the watermeadws with Bury Mount, St Lawrence and the racecourse in the background
The second section of the recently restored Watermeadows in Towcester was officially opened today (2 April 2012) by Cllr Sally Townsend, Chairman of South Northamptonshire Council (SNC) and Cllr John Townsend, Chair of the Watermeadows Management Group (WMG) , in time for the public to enjoy this beautiful area over of the Easter holidays.
The Watermeadows are part of the Grade 1 listed Easton Neston Park and formerly part of the Easton Neston Estate. The first section of Watermeadows was opened in April 2010 following extensive restoration work which included putting up fences and gates and removing dead wood and trees. And, this new section almost doubles the area available for use by the public, creating almost 60 acres of scenic parkland.
Cllr John Townsend, member of both SNC and the WMG has looked after the project since its inception, said: “Many different groups have been involved in getting us to this point today and I would like to thank the West Northamptonshire Development Corporation for their support in purchasing the site and the Towcester Wildlife Trust for their assistance in the continuing upkeep of the area.
“The Watermeadows are a really wonderful recreational area for everyone to come and enjoy and one that will create a wonderful backdrop for the planned extension of the town, centred round the medieval Bury Mount.”
Now that the parkland is fully open to the public and already proving a popular place to visit, the WMG aims to manage the site, and preserve and enhance the ecology and historic landscape for future generations.