The Earth Trust will be temporarily closing the wildflower meadow, which is accessed from Neptune Wood, to the public from Monday 15th July 2019 for approximately four weeks.
The meadow provides a great habitat for local wildlife, including a variety of bees, butterflies and other insects, and is a much loved dog walking area. It also provides the Earth Trust Farm with a hay crop. Unfortunately, many dog walkers do not clean up after their dogs, creating a high risk that the hay becomes contaminated which could put livestock in danger.
Although this problem is avoidable, the only way that the Trust can guarantee that the hay is uncontaminated is to temporarily close the meadow to the public. This measure prevents further contamination and allows for existing dog mess to decompose before the hay is harvested.
The Trust thanks the public for their support and apologies for any inconvenience. For more details, see the Earth Trust Website.