Have your say on plan for woodland

The land being considered for the creation of a 50-acre community woodland
The land being considered for the creation of a 50-acre community woodland

PEOPLE are urged to have their say on proposals to create a new community woodland for both wildlife and recreation on the outskirts of the town.

Hartlepool Borough Council is looking at the possibility of creating the 50-acre community woodland – including open spaces and about 20 acres of trees – on an area of open land at Golden Flatts, to the south of Seaton Lane (right).

If it goes ahead, it would be the first large-scale green space to be created in Hartlepool since Summerhill in the 1990s.

It is envisaged that the community woodland would be planted with trees common to British woods, including oak and hazel. Areas of the site would be landscaped and have paths.

There would also be open grassed areas, some of which would be mown regularly and others which would be left to grow longer as a haven for wildlife, such as butterflies and birds. There would also be ponds and wildlife meadows.

Other possible ideas could include play spaces for children and families, car parking and areas for grazing livestock.

Chris Scaife, the council’s countryside access officer, said: “One of the main aims of the project would be to create a rich variety of different spaces to encourage wildlife and for quiet enjoyment, recreation and education.

“It also offers a host of exciting opportunities for people to get involved in developing and maintaining the area.”

The council would apply to the Forestry Commission and other national agencies for funding for the project.

The council is inviting people to drop in to one of several consultation events over the next fortnight to find out more and give their views.

The first meeting takes place on Monday, August 1, at St Matthew’s Hall, Elwick Road, from 11am-1pm and 5pm-7pm. On Tuesday, August 2, a similar event takes place at Owton Manor Community Centre, in Wynyard Road, between 11am-1pm and 5pm-7pm.

On Monday, August 8, The Phoenix Centre, in Hindpool Close, Central Estate, holds an event from 11am-1pm and 3pm-5pm, and the next day it is being held at the Education Development Centre, in Seaton Lane from 11am-1pm and 5pm-7pm.

Details of the proposals will also be on show at Central Library in York Road from August 1-8.

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