07 Sep 2013
There has been a lot of activity at the Northampton Washlands over the last few weeks with the installation of some new signage. These have been designed to improve the experience of visiting the site for users by encouraging good behaviour and providing interpretation of the site. In the near future a short section of railings will also be installed to remind people to remain on the embankment rather than wandering down into the basin itself where they may disturb wildlife and livestock. This work was achieved with a small grant from Natural England.
As well sign installation there were also some surveys and interviews conducted at the site during a recruitment process for the new Washlands Community Panel. This is an initiative under the Nature Improvement Area who, with funding from Science Wise, are aiming to involve community members in making decisions about site management at three sites within the Nature Improvement Area.
The panel, composed of local residents and site users as well as the landholder and professional experts, has met twice with two more meetings planned for February. They have been discussing issues at the site associated with its current management and the impacts (both positive and negative) of the various activities that take place there. They have written a vision statement for the site and it is hoped that, over the next two meetings, they will develop a simple management plan for the site.