Richard Bell’s Wild West Yorkshire nature diary Thursday, 5th June 2008
The scheme was turned down by the council but it’s going to go to a public enquiry
so here’s my suggestion: instead of building, which would create more hard surfaces
and add to the flooding problem in the adjacent confluence of streams, keep this
green-space and perhaps construct a pond in a hollow to take surplus water in times
of heavy rain.
The wild flowers in this image were photographed around our garden pond and in our
mini-meadow area and I’ve cloned them in to a panorama of the meadow as it is today.
Like some of my neighbours, I’m concerned because I understood that, after it had
been used for storage during the building work, the paddock would be restored to
agricultural use, which around here would probably be for grazing horses.
THIS HEDGEROW, at the bottom of Netherton Hill, helps gives something of a rural
air to the approach to the main Huddersfield-Wakefield road and it links with green
corridors of trees alongside beck, canal and river to provide a network for passing
wildlife. There are plans to cut down the ash trees and grub up the hedge-bank in
a proposed final phase to the Calder Heights/Coxley Dell development.