Survey launched to find out what residents want in new country park near Normanton

£200,000 of funding has been approved by Wakefield Council to turn land near Normanton into the new Welbeck Country Park.

The public have been invited to give their views on the plans:

The site has the River Calder and Aire, and Calder Navigation Canal at its edges. Welbeck Country Park would be built in phases over several years, as new sections are restored and released.

There are opportunities to make the park well-connected with other parts of the district, and for it to be joined up with existing footpaths and bike trails, like the Trans-Pennine Trail and National Cycle Route.

In large parts of the site there is existing woodland, grassland and scrub, as well as a number of ponds and lakes, including the Southern Washlands Nature Reserve, a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

It is thought Welbeck is already home to otters and the area would be suitable for supporting important animals including great-crested newts, bats, birds, water voles and reptiles.

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