Volunteers roll up sleeves to start work on creating town centre nature reserve in Keynsham

April 29 2019
Volunteers roll up sleeves to start work on creating town centre nature reserve in Keynsham

Work to create a nature reserve in the heart of Keynsham got under way last month – with volunteers even recovering a pond created around 30 years ago.

The Fox and Hounds Lane Action Group led a working party to begin the task of clearing ivy, litter and unwanted scrub from the overgrown patch of land at the junction of Bath Hill and Fox and Hounds Lane.

The site was listed for sale by Bath and North East Somerset Council last year and the action group was formed to keep it in public hands and turn it into a nature reserve.

In total, 17 volunteers joined the clear-up and during the two days a pond that was created by students from Wellsway School in the 1980s was uncovered. The group cleared it of soil and tree roots and hope it will form a key feature of the reserve and attract a wide range of wildlife.

FAHLAG secretary Margaret Maxwell said: “Restoring this woodland is a community-based project, and we are hoping that much of the work can be done by volunteers. Already, we have had an encouraging response from local people and we want to build on this in future.  There’s a lot to be done but with the support of the community, we are hopeful that the land will become a much-loved woodland space right in the centre of Keynsham.”

The group is holding further working parties throughout the year, taking care during the spring and summer months so as to avoid damage to rare plants and nesting sites, and all are welcome to get involved.

Margaret added: “Fox and Hounds Lane Action Group is a strictly non-political organisation, working hard for the good of the community. It is open and welcoming to all. If you are interested in nature conservation and protecting your local environment or to find out more about the project, please contact fahlag18@gmail.com.”

FAHLAG can also be contacted on 07850 241946.