Works to start on access to Tamworth’s newest Local Nature Reserve

Monday, 22nd December 2014

WORK is to start in the New Year to create an access road onto Broadmeadow – the 61-acre site off Lichfield Road which has become Tamworth’s sixth Local Nature Reserve.

Broadmeadow is sited on the island between the two channels of the River Tame, off Lichfield Road near to the Moor Street traffic island. Ownership was transferred to Tamworth Borough Council from the developers of the former Smurfit site as part of planning agreement for the development of homes.

It is one of the key sites for nature conservation in Staffordshire and is recognised as a Site of Biological Importance. It is also one of only two sites in the county where the rare Snake’s Head Fritillary can be found growing wild.

Now, work is set to begin on January 6 to build a maintenance road onto the site. The road will allow access to vehicles for vital conservation and maintenance work. Pedestrians will also be able to use the new road to get onto Broadmeadow, which is currently only accessible across the weir.

Earlier this year, the council approved the process to designate Broadmeadow as the borough’s sixth Local Nature Reserve. The status allows it to be protected as a conservation area for future generations, as well as making more grant money available for conservation works.

The creation of the new access road – which is expected to be completed in early February – is part of a programme of environmental improvement works being carried out by Tamworth Borough Council in partnership with Staffordshire Wildlife Trust’s Wild About Tamworth officer. Lafarge Tarmac also gave a grant towards the construction of the access road

Paul Hopkins, Regional Head of Estates Central and Wales for Lafarge, said “Lafarge Tarmac are delighted to have been able to contribute to the new access road onto Broadmeadow. This is a well located site, which will provide an additional local amenity for years to come”.

The council and the Wild About Tamworth project are working together to develop a Friends of Broadmeadow group, run by volunteers who will take on responsibility for the day-to day-management of the site.

Cllr Stephen Doyle, Cabinet member for Communities, said: “Broadmeadow is a site of significant ecological importance in Staffordshire and is well worth protecting. The creation of the new access road will allow us to better conserve and manage the natural environment, as well as opening the site up to allow the public to enjoy this area of natural beauty.

“We would like to thank Lafarge Tarmac for the grant towards this work.”