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Nature Improvement Area Set For Dearne Valley

Thursday January 3 2013


Grass alongside a footpath at Barnburgh reclamation site in the Dearne Valley is used as part of the reserve. Grass alongside a footpath at Barnburgh reclamation site in the Dearne Valley is used as part of the reserve.


MORE than 75 hectares of land in the Dearne Valley is to be transformed into a nature reserve.

It is hoped that kestrels, barn owls, voles and insects a will thrive on the sections of informal parkland and selected highway verge locations.

It comes after the area was designated as a nature improvement zone by the government, earning £560,000 in grant funding.

Meanwhile, ten hectares of new woodland has been planted at Wharncliffe Woodmoor, Carlton, with another at Tank Row, Stairfoot, is expected to begin soon.

Residents of the Dearne Valley will be encouraged to plant some of the trees.

If you are interested in taking part in the tree planting contact Parks Services at parksservices@barnsley.gov.uk or phone 01226 774353.



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Reply Posted by tony taylor on Thursday January 3 2013 at 11:40
good for barnsley,more trees and less blocks of houses.

Reply Posted by Graham on Thursday January 3 2013 at 16:34
About time we planted more trees

Reply Posted by Mick on Friday January 4 2013 at 16:19
I was going to say, you can't live in a tree, but with a few modifications of course i'd be wrong.

Reply Posted by ??? on Friday January 4 2013 at 19:50
Wouldnt need more trees or a new nature reserve if the idots hadnt sold the land to the builders on the bypass to build houses who the hell wants to go sit or walk around the lake taking in the veiws of nothing... New build homes and roofs pfft money money house houses thats all its about these days!!

Reply Posted by David on Friday January 4 2013 at 19:51
Lets hope they have the fore sight NOT to plant anywhere near the rivers and becks otherwise we will just be creating future flood risks

Reply Posted by mick on Saturday January 5 2013 at 15:55
More planting usually helps to prevent flooding (as long as water courses are not allowed to become blocked). Rain goes into the ground & the roots of plants keeps the ground stable. Over developed land, block paving over gardens etc. contributes to flooding as the rain goes straight into the drains.

Reply Posted by caz on Sunday January 6 2013 at 14:11
Brill... no concrete jungle!, bout time they saw sense.