MP supports new nature reserve

November 3, 2008 3:10 PM
Howarth at nature reserve exhibition

David Howarth meets Martin Baker, Wildlife Trust conservation manager for Cambridgeshire to discuss the project.

An ambitious project to open a disused chalk pit in Cherry Hinton as a nature reserve has been backed by Cambridge MP, David Howarth.

The scheme has been launched by the Wildlife Trust to protect the flora, fauna and wildlife which lives there whilst at the same time opening the site to the public.

Mr Howarth visited an exhibition on the Trust's plans at Cherry Hinton library on Friday.

He said: "I am delighted to support this project which will, not only protect the area's wildlife but also provide residents with a wonderful green space in the city.

"By taking an area which was previously inaccessible and managing it in this way, the Trust has secured its future and it is to be commended."

The Trust bought the old chalk pit from one of the Cambridge colleges and plans to carry out levelling work at the site, put up new fencing, steps and interpretation boards to allow visitors to enjoy the area.

The pit is a haven for rare plants and wildlife and is an important site for Cambridge and the county as a whole.

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