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News Farming at the Coton Countryside Reserve give us your views Over recent months our Properties and Finance Committees have worked hard to further our ambitions for the farmed land at the Coton Countryside Reserve.

the second phase of the master plan. We have canvassed local people (see Ring issue 22). If you have not yet commented we are happy to hear further ideas and thoughts. See box for ideas and please let us know by 16 August. Please tell us what you think:

Our aim for the Reserve is to: farm the land in a more sustainable and environmentally sensitive manner, keep artificial inputs to a minimum and achieve higher level stewardship for the land carry out food production via a profitable, commercial farm enterprise provide access to the countryside for local people on foot, bicycle and horseback, as well as disabled access improve the soil and water Wandlebury and the Gogs continued...

and expertise received. There is a real need for more and safer cycle and pedestrian routes to link the city with nearby green spaces. This will be a tremendous improvement and an excellent way for local people, including families and young children, to get to the Gogs in a more environmentally friendly way, by bike, pram or on foot, as well as more freedom for users of wheelchairs and mobility scooters. It will create another way to enjoy the great outdoors just beyond the city limits. We are keen to get quality right and negotiations are still

resources, protect and enhance the local wildlife run public education and events programmes. The Reserve will be a major recreational area and in time demonstrate how a working farm in the Green Belt can provide greater ecological diversity and improved public access. We have begun the selection process for a new farm tenant and in the next months we hope to finalise a tenancy and begin further enhancement of the local countryside whilst developing underway to integrate directional signage and tree planting. Right from the outset we wanted to achieve environmental gain and planed to re-create a single avenue of trees along the field boundary with Heath Farm as lost local landscape feature which would also benefit local wildlife. In time there will also be improvements to the bus stop at the brow of the hill seating, signage and improved route maps - and in the near future further extensions of the route are planned to the byway southeast of Wandlebury and eventually Babraham. In late summer the second phase of works will begin, which will see the upgrade works

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Do you feel more paths are required within the Reserve or leading to it? If YES where? (e.g. footpaths, cycle paths, horse track, other, for dogs etc) What are your views and ideas on how the farmland should be managed? What wildlife do you enjoy at the Reserve? What facilities and features would you like to see implemented? What events and activities would you like to see at the Reserve? Any other issues you feel need to be tackled? Please send your comments to enquiries@cambridgeppf.org or write to us with your name and address details.

happening within the country park and includes enhanced cycle parking and park information please note the policy of no cycling within the park will remain to keep the tranquil air of Wandlebury. Come and join us for a small celebration of the Phase 1 works. Bring your bike and own picnic. Friday 6 August 2010 11.30am official opening ceremony at Babraham Park and Ride end. From 12.00pm you can come and enjoy the new route to Wandlebury Country Park. Icicle Tricycle will be offering free ice cream and there will be lots of cycling freebies available.

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