Council News

Proposed designation of Gomm’s Wood as a Local Nature Reserve
Date: 05 Oct 09

Wycombe District Council (WDC) Woodland Service is proposing to declare Gomm’s Wood Local Wildlife Site as a Local Nature Reserve.*

Local Nature Reserves are for both people and wildlife. They offer people special opportunities to study or learn about nature or simply to enjoy it. In addition, because Local Nature Reserve is a statutory designation, it is a clear signal to the local community of the Council’s commitment to nature conservation.

Councillor Katrina Wood, Wycombe District Council’s Cabinet Member for Community, commented: “Designating Gomm’s Wood a Local Nature Reserve will ensure it remains a valued attraction for local residents as well as protecting it for future generations.”

By declaring Local Nature Reserves, Wycombe District Council is providing many benefits for both people and wildlife to:

■Increase people’s awareness and enjoyment of their natural environment.
■Provide an ideal environment for everyone to learn about and study nature.
■Help to build relationships with national and local nature conservation organisations and local people.
■Protect wildlife habitats and natural features.
■Provide a great opportunity for people to become involved in managing their local environment.
■Offer a positive use for land which they would prefer was left undeveloped
■Make it possible to apply by-laws which can help in managing and protecting the site.
■(Natural England Website 2009)
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If you have any comments or objections to this designation, please contact the WDC’s Woodland Service on 01494 421 825 or e-mail woodland.service@wycombe.gov.uk by Friday 16 October 2009.

*Under Section 21 of the National Parks and Access to Countryside Act 1949 as amended by Schedule 11 of the Natural Environment and Rural Communities (NERC) Act 2006.