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Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust could be given five country parks

Posted on 29th October 2014

Five country parks and wildlife sites may be given to the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust by the council, in a bid to cut maintenance costs.

Cheese Rolling

By handing Crickley Hill Country Park, Barrow Wake, Cooper’s Hill, Coaley Peak and Kilkenny over to the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust, the parks will be provided with more support in order to preserve them for years to come and be enjoyed by future generations.

Saving the council more than £50,000 each year, the move would also benefit those visiting the county parks on Forest of Dean cottage holidays with the family, as the trust can provide more opportunities for improved access and facilities. Current activities such as cheese-rolling will also be able to continue taking place, to the relief of locals and supporters of the event.

The Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust already manages 60 of the county’s parks and expects to hear a final decision in spring 2015.

Image Credit: Michael Warren (Flickr.com)