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Residents’ association buys Merritts Meadow and leases it to conservation trust

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Residents’ association buys Merritts Meadow and leases it to conservation trust

The Merritts Meadow estate in Petersfield is home to four-acres of green space known as Merrits Meadow North, which offers a range of habitats beneficial to local wildlife and a lovely walking route for people visiting the town.

After years of deliberation about the protection and future of this space, the Merritts Meadow Residents’ Association members decided to buy the freehold of the whole site and form a trust to look after the green space. Going forward, it will be cared for and tended by The Merritts Meadow Conservation Trust, formed by residents Jane Brundle, Susan Hines and Philip Nuttall.

The residents already have some plans for the area, “We aim to manage it primarily for nature, but also to make the site more welcoming for people.”

“We are looking into defining the boundaries with hurdles and hedges, improving the access points and creating a more logical pathway through the meadow.”

“Although relatively small, the new nature reserve already has a range of valuable habitats. These include dark woodland, scrub, areas of bramble, damp meadow and quite a large tussock-grass area. The management plan sets out how volunteers will look after each habitat to maximise its potential for wildlife. The site is already home to slow-worms and is visited by more than ten species of butterfly.”

Read the full article here: Residents' association buys Merritts Meadow and leases it to conservation trust | Petersfield Post

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