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Acle Lands Trust – report | Acle Parish Council

ACLE LANDS TRUST Managing lands for the community s benefit Acle Lands Trust administers four areas of land, totalling some 16 hectares, on behalf of Acle Parish Council, for the purpose of nature conservation for the benefit of the inhabitants of the Parish. The Trust Lands are: Damgate Wood 5.56 ha of wet woodland (Alder carr) declared a County Wildlife Site in 2015. A permissive footpath through the wood links the village from the Railway Station to the Weavers Way.

This is well used by local dog-walkers and hikers, and increasingly by specialist naturalists. Kingfishers and Water Voles are present, and current studies reveal, amongst many things, that it is an important site for fungi in Norfolk. The Trustees, with the help of volunteers from local residents and the Bure Valley Conservation Group, are presently replacing the 20-year old rotting boardwalk with a new bridge and footpath suitable to traverse the soft, wet, ground conditions.

Regular maintenance work is carried out clearing leaning trees and other vegetation from the pathway, and removing litter. New Road Land 3.61 ha adjoining Damgate Wood between the railway and A47. It is heavily waterlogged and comprises willow scrub and developing carr.

Virtually inaccessible, efforts are being made by the Trustees to acquire the considerable funding needed to offer future public access via boardwalks. It provides a useful habitat for wildlife. Roman Wood 2.68 ha bounded by A1064 from the roundabout, containing mixed dry woodland, scrub and meadow, planted on arable land by the Acle community in 1995.

Several footpaths are used by mainly dog-walkers. After 20 years of unmanaged growth, management intervention has become essential, in the form of thinning trees in the woodland and cutting the dense grass areas to restore the meadow for wild flowers. To this end the Trustees are assisted by volunteers from the Bure Valley Conservation Group in carrying out the sustained programme of work.

Norfolk Wildlife Trust s Wild about Acle morning in July introduced youngsters to Roman Wood. Constable Doles 3.97 ha of fen which is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) where this endangered habitat is sustained by excellent water quality. Containing a rare and sensitive flora (for which low-density grazing by cattle is the management strategy) it is not practical for it to be open to the public, but the Trustees make it available for study by specialist individuals and groups of naturalists, and students of the natural sciences from the UEA.

Over the last year, major contract work was undertaken to restore the fen and ditches, funded by capital grants from Natural England. How the Trust currently operates In 2014, Natural England accepted the Trust Lands into a 10-year Higher Level Stewardship Agreement. This brings major advantages to the Trust.

Annual payments will be made to the Trust to carry out conservation management, and capital grants are available for special approved works. Already some 11,000 has been spent on habitat restoration in Constable Doles at no cost to the Trust. The Trustees are obligated to manage all four sites according to an approved best-practice Management Plan, which is precisely what it was set up to do.

The Trustees have developed relations with Norfolk Wildlife Trust, the Forestry Commission, The Environment Agency, Broadland Authority and Norfolk County Council, all of whom offer help and advice when required. The Bure Valley Conservation Group, centred in Acle, was established in 2015 after a 2-year gestation period under the Bure Valley Living Landscape Initiative of Norfolk Wildlife Trust. Acle Lands Trust was involved with this group of volunteers from inception, bringing immense benefits to the Trust in the form of practical help.

In addition to their overall responsibility to restore and maintain the Trust Lands, the Trustees (eight in number) carry out individual projects. These include providing and looking after (on a daily basis) the cattle used to graze the fen, gathering records of all the biodiversity (flora and fauna) known to occur on each site, actively pursuing funding opportunities to improve facilities for the public, informing members of the community of the Trust s aims and activities, and encouraging their participation. The success of the Trust s work was recognised in 2015 with an award from the Norfolk Biodiversity Partnership for Best Group Award (highly commended).

Nigel Robson, Chairman Acle Lands Trust [email protected]

Acle Lands Trust – EDP tokens | Upton with Fishley Parish Council

ACLE LANDS TRUST We need your help to collect tokens from the EDP Look out for collection boxes in village shops. Please spread the word to families, friends, work colleagues etc. We need 500 per month to be eligible to enter.

Acle Lands Trust is looking to collect tokens printed in the EDP in order to enter the Community Chest Competition throughout 2016.

Any prize money won will be used to improve the public access to the woodland paths at Damgate Wood & Roman Wood, providing a better experience for YOU , the public of Acle and the surrounding areas.

For further details please contact [email protected] 1 References ^ [email protected] (uptonwithfishleypc.norfolkparishes.gov.uk)

Budget for 2016/17 | Acle Parish Council

The parish council set its budget for 2016/17 at the council meeting on 14th December 2015. The parish council pays for the upkeep of the cemetery, most street lights, the Damgate Lane and Beighton Road play areas, grasscutting around the village, the public toilets in The Street, the Fletcher Room (Pre-School building), hanging baskets and street furniture such as benches and grit bins. The council employs a part-time parish clerk and a part-time cleaner.

As well as the day-to-day costs of running the parish, the council is also keen to build up reserves for the future repair and replacement of parish assets. In order to meet these requirements it was agreed to increase the precept to 83,950, an increase of 15% on last year. This will be collected by Broadland District Council as part of your council tax from April and works out as an average total of 87 for the year for a band D home, or 7.25 per month.

The sale proceeds from the land north of Springfield can only be spent on the purchase of other assets or capital items and cannot be used for day-to-day running costs.