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Monday, February 1, 2016

Mon 1st Feb 2016 - This might be of interest to GGmers….????

This was re-tweeted (re-blogged…?) from the Island Echo Twitter pages and is for general information only! Some of the listed areas may change… so watch this space.


island2000Popular beauty spots such as Brading Down and Golden Hill have been secured for the future following a deal between the Isle of Wight Council and local charity Island 2000.
As part of its continued efforts to reduce spending, in 2014 the council agreed to cease its countryside management service.  However, local organisation the Island 2000 Trust, as part of the charity’s ‘Gift to Nature’ project, will be taking over management of the service from today (Monday 1st February).
Councillor Paul Fuller, Executive Member for Public Realm, said:
“This is fantastic news for the Island. The future of our extensive countryside estate is now assured through the partnership agreement with Island 2000 and the ‘Gift to Nature’ project.
“This enables our council to not only reduce its spending,  but at the same time ensure our countryside is safeguarded for public use.  The opportunities available to the charity will significantly improve in terms of seeking funding for enhancing access, and I look forward in seeing the prospect of future projects coming to fruition”.
The council will retain ownership of its 170 hectare countryside estate.  Island 2000 will undertake management of the estate through a partnership agreement.  No job losses have occurred as part of the transfer of services.
The Isle of Wight Council’s Countryside Manager, Matthew Chatfield, is one of the staff due to be transferred. He explained:
“This is great news for anyone who loves the Island’s countryside – we’ve got a big job ahead of us but I’m glad to report that we will be keeping our wonderful nature reserves and country parks open for everyone. We’re excited and optimistic about the future of the new, bigger and more dynamic Gift to Nature – and proud to be building on the strong support that Island people have shown for Gift to Nature in the past.”
Graham Biss from Island 2000 said:
“Over the last few months we have been working hard with the council to find a way forward for their Countryside Service and I am delighted we have been able to put together this partnership arrangement.
“We care passionately about the Island’s natural environment and ensuring it is readily available to everyone to enjoy. However this is only the start and if we are going to be successful we will need everyone to support us to help preserve these important assets.
“I am delighted to welcome Matthew Chatfield and Nick Webb to the Gift to Nature team.”
Areas now managed by Gift to Nature are thought to include:
• Afton Marsh
• Medina Riverside Park
• Dodnor Creek and Dickson’s Copse
• Golden Hill Country Park
• Brading Down
• Shide Chalk Pit
• Rew Down
• Nansen Hill Bonchurch
• Haylands Wood
• Binstead Wood (Dame Anthony’s Common)
• Millennium Wood, Seaclose
• Sibden Hill & Batt’s Copse, Shanklin
• Sandown Levels
• The Landslip Bonchurch
• Blackgang Viewpoint
• Rosemary Lane / Swanmore Meadows
• Merstone Station
• Land at Connie’s Way, Newport
• Pan Mill Meadows
• Castle Copse
• One Horse Field
• Munsley Bog
• Sandown wetland walk and community orchard
• Bohemia Bog

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