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Tasburgh lands Breathing Places windfall

An area of unloved and derelict land is set to be transformed into a haven for people and wildlife alike thanks to a 10,000 grant from the BBC's Breathing Places project which helps to create new habitats across UK.

Aerial photo of Burrfeld Park

Burrfeld park from the air

A former gravel pit in the south Norfolk village of Tasburgh is on the way to being transformed into a new park and wildlife habitat, thanks to a grant from the BBC's Breathing Places project.

Burrfeld Park, in Low Road, is owned by Tasburgh United Charities. Having struggled to get any use out of the land, it has lain derelict for five years.

Residents in the village decided they wanted to get more out of the space and prompted their parish council to see if the area could be turned into something for the community to enjoy.

Relaxing and tranquil

"We've been planning a development which should not only enhance the flora and fauna but also provide an area where the local residents can have free access to and find themselves a relaxing and tranquil park," said project leader John Mann.

The project is still looking for funding but they have made a strong start.

"These things seem to be very expensive, but luckily we have attracted a certain amount of funding. The first grant was from the BBC Breathing Places project for 10,000," said John.

Proposed plan for the former gravel pit

Proposed plan for the former gravel pit

"We hope this will enable us to provide the two entrance gates and a substantial part of the boardwalk which will allow people free access including disabled access," he added.

According to Julie King, secretary of the parish council, the park also hopes to attract young wildlife enthusiasts to the area thanks to a large pond on the site.

"We hope to put a pond-dipping platform on here so that groups - the scouts or schools - can come down and use the site with the countryside rangers to see what sort of habitats we have here," she said.

Appealing to wildlife and residents, the park will hopefully provide a haven of tranquility for generations to come.

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