MBC wants suggestions for new Nature Reserves within the Borough.

Hollingbourne Parish Council has been advised of a survey launched by Maidstone Borough Council who wish to increase the are of land in local Nature Reserves. Please Read More for further information.

The Culture and Leisure Committee requested a report on Local Nature Reserves (LNRs) in the Borough. The aim of the report is to explore the potential for creating new LNRs and extending existing sites.

LNRs are a statutory designation made under Section 21 of the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act 1949 by principal local authorities. They are places with wildlife or geological features that are of special interest locally and are a natural resource which makes an important contribution to England’s biodiversity.

The main requirements for the making of a LNR are that the Council must control the land (or have an agreed legal interest in the site) and that at least part of the land must be publicly accessible for visitors. There must also be an approved management plan which details that the site will remain a protected LNR for at least 21 years

If you are aware of any potential site in your area which could meet the criteria for new or extended LNRs, could you please complete the brief survey by clicking on the link (https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/LocalNatureReserves ) by 24 September 2018. The results are due to be reported to Committee on 30 October 2018.

Any enquiries regarding this survey, please contact Deanne Cunningham Team Leader (Heritage, Landscape and Design). Tel 01622-602000.

Pictured below is the entrance to the Vinters Park Nature Reserve in Maidstone.