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Information boards unveiled at Gawflat Conservation Meadow, Skipton
9:00am Sunday 7th October 2012 in News
Members of Skipton Civic Society gathered in Gawflat Conservation Meadow, next to the town’s Aireville Park, for the official unveiling of new information boards which have been erected thanks to a lottery grant.
James Ferguson, of the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, Lisa Hart, of Aireville School, and Rachel Wallbank, of Craven District Council, watched as council chairman Coun Chris Harbron unveiled one of the boards.
New signs and gates have been erected by Craven District Council, with the help of students at Craven College, and artwork from Aireville School adorns the new information boards.
MP Julian Smith sent a letter saying he regretted being unable to attend the unveiling, but promising he would visit the meadow soon.
The party walked round the meadow, noting the progress of the tiny saplings which were supplied by the Woodland Trust for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and planted by volunteers earlier in the year.
The meadow, which is a rare example of organic urban green space, has been designated a Queen’s Field, which gives it protection for the future. A path has been mown round the perimeter and it is hoped that visitors will use it to preserve the wildlife habitat and the hay crop.
The information boards give some of the site’s history and illustrate the plants, birds and animals which can be seen there through the year.