Wildlife flocking to Maidenbrook Country Park
Maidenbrook Country Park and The Somerset Wood is situated between Maidenbrook Lane and Yallands Hill in Monkton Heathfield.
This delightful project has been in design for the last 3 years following purchase of the land by the then District Council of Taunton Deane from the Crown Estate.
The Maidenbrook Country Park gives the opportunity to have a green wedge into the town giving a lung to breath from our busy lives.
Within the park the following items have been designed and are currently being implemented, supported by the SCC Climate Emergency fund to enable the projects to commence:
- A forest school for the benefit of all schools and youth groups in the vicinity
- A wildlife pond to enhance the natural environment.
- 3,500 trees planted over the last 3 years as part of ‘The Somerset Wood’ which forms part of a longer term project with SCC to have a Memorial Wood with one tree for every one from Somerset who fell in WW1.
A further 10,000 trees will be planted hopefully on adjoining land to complete this task. Two dedication stones are already placed within the Country Park planting.
Cllr Alan Hall from West Monkton Parish Council has told Tone News:
Last month we were able to construct the wildlife pond within the Country Park some 40M x 20M.
We have orientated the pond so that we have gained a wetland area to the south of the pond as well, which will aid the wildlife starting to frequent the park.
We were greatly aided by the Taunton Fire brigade who helped with the initial filling as a community project.
There is more work to be done between now and the end of March such as the laying of a pre-planted aqua mat on the slope area to the pond which gives us the aquatic plants which will enhance the appearance.
Don’t forget to visit the West Monkton Parish Council Facebook page for regular updates on the Maidenbrook Country Park.