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Askham Bog Saved!

Monday 25th July 2016

Sir David Attenborough visiting Askham Bog Nature Reserve - Tom MarshallSir David Attenborough visiting Askham Bog Nature Reserve - Tom Marshall

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust is celebrating the City of York Council’s decision to allocate land to the north of Askham Bog Nature Reserve as green belt.

This welcome news, published in the new draft Local Plan, ensures Askham Bog will be safeguarded far into the future.

Sir David Attenborough who visited the Askham Bog last month described the nature reserve as a ‘cathedral of nature conservation which should be held in the same regard as York Minster’.

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust ran a campaign in 2014 to object to the housing allocation on the land to the north of Askham Bog. A housing development so close to this fragile nature reserve could have been disastrous for this Site of Special Scientific Interest. The Trust’s campaign was supported by hundreds of local people along with many members of the Trust

We would like to thank the City of York Council for recognising the incredible importance of Askham Bog Nature Reserve.

Louise Wilkinson, Conservation Policy and Campaigns Manager at the Trust spearheaded the campaign said: “We would like to thank the City of York Council for recognising the incredible importance of Askham Bog Nature Reserve.

It is a site that is hugely valued by local people and the response to our campaign has proved that. The fact that the Council has listened is brilliant and we commend them on their decision to protect the land adjacent to Askham Bog Nature Reserve as green belt, ensuring many future generations can enjoy the wildlife of this unique place.

“The support we received from local people and members of Yorkshire Wildlife Trust was fantastic and we are truly grateful to all of them. Askham Bog is clearly a place that many people in the York area and beyond hold in the highest regard and want to be protected forever.”

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, having been formed in 1946 to receive its first nature reserve Askham Bog as a gift. The land was purchased by Arnold Rowntree and Francis Terry, the great York chocolatiers, who recognised how unique and important it was for wildlife, following decades of study by naturalists along with students from Bootham School in York. Several decades on Askham Bog remains a cathedral for wildlife and the hardworking staff of the Trust supported by a committed team of local volunteers ‘the Boardwalkers’, are ensuring that the Bog remains a great place for both wildlife and people. Majestic royal ferns grow close to the boardwalk, and the fen meadows are a riot of colour through the summer as marsh and common spotted orchids jostle with yellow flag, ragged robin and yellow loosestrife. The nature reserve is a wonderful place to visit

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust remains concerned with the proposal ST15 Land to the West of Elvington Lane which is close to the Tillmire Site of Special Scientific Interest near Heslington.
 

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