Take a walk on the wild side of Emsworth

Tuesday, 28 June, 2022

A new wild meadow has been created in Emsworth to help increase biodiversity in the area.

Designed by Havant Borough Council and supported by Section 106 funding and developer contributions, the area is set to take shape, mature and become a Site of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINC) that will be used to enable wildlife to flourish and increase biodiversity.

Assisting with the management of the new grassland reserve in Emsworth Recreation Ground will be The Little Meadow Volunteer Group who will look after the day to day management and maintenance of the area.

Visitors can enjoy the meadow by entering through a gate at the south east corner and following the mown footpaths through the grassland. Social spots with benches to sit and enjoy the area can also be found amongst the beautiful backdrop of nature.

Cabinet Lead for Levelling-Up, Councillor Tim Pike, said: “This grassland meadow will be a great addition to Emsworth.

“Areas such as this offer many benefits, including helping to reduce our carbon footprint, providing a natural habitat for wildlife and creating a great talking point for residents and visitors.

“It is a great example of what can be achieved when working with local volunteer groups. We look forward to seeing this new meadow develop.”

The 1.5 Acres of grassland meadow, with fencing around the perimeter to identify it within the recreation ground, compensates for the loss of a similar area north of the recreation ground.

The Little Meadow Volunteer Group has already started talking about the wonderful things it's discovering in a blog.