A CONSULTATION on plans to make Uttoxeter a greener, ‘wildlife friendly’ place has been launched by the town’s council. The consultation, which is open to residents and organisations in Uttoxeter, follows the creation of the new Uttoxeter Nature Recovery Network (UNRN). The network aims to work with developers and landowners to balance the loss of habitat and the impact of climate change.
Now UNRN consultation began on Monday, March 2 and will run until Monday, March 30.
The UNRN is a committee of Uttoxeter Town Council, which is holding a consultation meeting at the Town Hall next week on Wednesday, March 11 at 2pm.
Deputy Mayor Cllr Carolyn Green, who chairs the committee, said: “A thriving natural world is vital for human health and well-being, yet we know that globally and locally wildlife and our green plants are under threat from human developments, pollution, and climate change.
“We need to fight back on behalf of our countryside and wildlife by working together to protect and enhance our natural world.
“Uttoxeter is a brilliant place to do this, because we have so many groups and committed people who are already turning Uttoxeter into a greener town. We need to reach out to people to get everyone involved so we are consulting widely as possible with groups and residents to develop the initiative.
“We have written an outline plan, and this is included in our consultation document.
“We want as many people and organisations to come along to the meeting as possible, so that we can hear their views, and hopefully, build partnerships to enhance nature.”
The consultation document is being sent out to many organisations and individuals and UNRN has also published an online survey, which is available on the Uttoxeter Town Council website and Facebook.
Copies of the consultation document are available at Uttoxeter Town Hall.
Committee member Dave Trenery said: “We need to start small but grow big. Initially we are focusing our efforts on making Uttoxeter a hedgehog friendly town and dealing with Himalayan Balsam, an invasive plant which squeezes out native plants and animals. “However, we hope that the Uttoxeter Nature Recovery Network will grow into a campaign which engages people of all ages and our schools, local organisations, developers and local business in helping wildlife flourish.”
For more information about the initiative contact Uttoxeter Town Council at email@example.com, telephone 01889 564085.
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