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Greening up Owston Ferry

Greening up Owston Ferry

22 March 2017

More trees are set to be planted in the village of Owston Ferry as part of a scheme of work by North Lincolnshire Council and the Isle of Axholme and Hatfield Chase Landscape Partnership.

A total of nine new trees are planned for sites throughout the village and more will be planted in the future when suitable sites are found.

The new trees include two commemorative oak trees to be planted either side of the Owston Ferry war memorial to honour those who lost their lives in the First and Second World Wars.

The Isle of Axholme and Hatfield Chase Landscape Partnership will also be carrying out further improvement works around the village including:

  • Clearing scrub at the Owston Ferry Kinaird Castle site and Local Nature Reserve

  • Providing an accessible footpath with seating around the nature reserve

  • Providing nesting boxes for birds and bats

The work undertaken by the Isle of Axholme and Hatfield Chase Landscape Partnership is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), made possible thanks to National Lottery Players.

Cllr Rob Waltham, Leader of North Lincolnshire Council, said:

“We are passionate about our local nature reserves in North Lincolnshire and we have well over the national target of one hectare of designated reserve per 1,000 of the population.

“Not only are the reserves important for protecting biodiversity, but they are great places to escape to keep fit and active.”

Cllr David Rose, ward member for Axholme South, said:

“It is fantastic to see these improvement works taking place at Owston Ferry with support from the Isle of Axholme and Hatfield Chase Landscape Partnership. Hopefully it will encourage even more people to visit Owston Ferry to enjoy the reserve and discover a piece of local hidden history.

The Isle of Axholme and Hatfield Chase Landscape Partnership was awarded £1.84m by the Heritage Lottery Fund, which will allow the partnership to deliver 16 projects worth of £3m. Projects will focus on the internationally important landscapes of Crowle, Thorne and Hatfield Moors and will highlight the strong natural and cultural heritage to local people.

The aim of the partnership is the reconnect local people with their landscape and cultural heritage across the historic Isle of Axholme and Hatfield Chase.

The partnership is made up of the following organisations:

  • North Lincolnshire Council

  • Natural England

  • Crowle Peatland Railway Society

  • Canal and River Trust

  • Doncaster Metropolitan Council

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First Published:16 March 2017