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Natural barrier installed to protect Market Deeping green space

A natural barrier will protect a popular Market Deeping beauty spot that has had travellers illegally camp on it in the past.

Land either side of the Towngate end of Tattershall Drive, which is owned by South Kesteven District Council, will be protected by the barrier - known as a bund.

A wooden fence has been sawn through in the past, most recently in August 2018 with a chainsaw used by travellers, and landscaping works are underway to provide a better and permanent solution.

Coun Dr Peter Moseley, cabinet member for the environment at the district council, said: “This land is for the benefit of residents and should be kept that way.

“It’s a lovely park and we wanted to make sure we improved the area in a way that people wanted.

“We have been talking with local people ever since the residents’ group came to a full council meeting in June 2017 with a petition of more than 400 names to protect the park.

“Residents and the town council worked together to clear debris and tipped waste left at the site.

“But we needed a permanent situation.

“They didn’t want boulders, for instance, and this option of creating a landscaped trench provides a natural barrier.

“It has taken time but we wanted to get this right both for the people who live here and visit, and for the variety of plant and animal life in this habitat, which is largely rural but at the edge of the urban area.

“To support that biodiversity, we are adding a wildflower seed mix to the bund in keeping with the countryside, which will undoubtedly enhance the area.”

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