Around 25 people attended the open meeting at Silwood Park on “Help us protect our green spaces and wildlife”, one of the Projects identified in the Ascot, Sunninghill and Sunningdale Neighbourhood Plan. The meeting, supported by the NP Delivery Group and coordinated by Wildlife in Ascot, focused on the Green Corridors defined in the Plan.
Work is due to commence on three of the corridors to start with. Blythewood Lane has been surveyed and significant hedgehog activity exists in the area. WIA will work with the Borough, the PTES and the local community to create a “Hedgehog Street” environment.
The owner of Granny Kettle wood, which is well known to many, wishes to use the site to set up a Forest School, a really exciting initiative which we will support.
Pat Morris, a world renowned expert on mammals, has agreed to give a talk and demonstration on how to survey for mammals in our corridors and we have plans to link with a landowner of a third corridor to make a start on this.
The meeting was really productive, recognising that person power is the overriding need and deciding on ways to try to inform and mobilise members of the local community by linking with media on a regular basis. More help is still needed for a range of activities, ranging from putting leaflets through doors, talking to landowners through to direct conservation work. If you think you can help, even on a small scale, please visit the Wildlife in Ascot website: www.wildlifeinascot.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.