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Statement of Community Intent
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Landscape & Biodiversity
Landscape and Biodiversity
The main aim of this group is to preserve and enhance the biodiversity of the Hungerford area.
Subsidiary and supporting aims
· To re-establish the connection between Hungerford and the surrounding countryside
· To audit local biodiversity using nationally approved methodology and to identify significant changes
· To encourage and support local landowners and managers in their attempts to increase biodiversity
· To ensure that future developments in the area do not damage biodiversity
· To raise awareness of local biodiversity in Hungerford
·Establish a network of footpaths in the countryside around Hungerford. Where possible these will be circular with current gaps being filled in by ‘permissive footpaths’.
·Identify a ‘champion’ for each footpath who will be responsible for ensuring it remains open, for liaising with landowners/managers to secure permissive paths to allow a circular route, and for organising walks along the path at least once a year.
· Publish a guide to the footpaths using funding raised from local business and so on.
· Establish a fund to support the work- for example construct fencing on ‘permissive sections’ of the paths.
· Start to collate a biodiversity audit of the area around Hungerford.
· Develop at least one footpath as an all ability access route (wheelchairs, prams etc)
·Link with the HEAT Food group to promote locally sourced food
· Link with the HEAT Transport group to develop a linked urban and rural footpath network.
·Adopt a nationally approved method (for example the landscape audits of Council for the Protection of Rural England) to routinely audit the local biodiversity
· Hold a public meeting to increase local awareness of biodiversity and its importance
Contact the landscape and biodiversity group at