Bury Meadows [or Brookside as it is usually referred to], is a large wooded area with 60,000 trees, lodges and walkways. It has tremendous potential as a recreation area for the community. Ideas include horse riding, kayaking, fishing, orienteering, woodcraft as well as continuing to provide a pleasant place to walk and jog and enjoy nature. However, the woodland and its facilities needs to be managed and as a first step we are working with a consultancy, the local council and the Environment Agency to bid for funds to carry out a feasibility study. This will look at the potential for the area and examine the interest from local groups as well as any health and safety issues that might remain from its previous industrial history. Once we have the results from this we can then look at ways in which the local community in partnership with the landowner, local authorities and interest groups might manage the site.
This will not be a quick process but we will update you as we go along.