Nature reserve at Hayle Park handed over

Date: Friday 14 March 2014

Hayle Park nature reserve handover web

The handover of a 30-acre nature reserve at our stunning Hayle Park development in Maidstone has now taken place, following the nomination of trustees for the site.

Maidstone Borough Council, Tovil Parish Council and the Valley Conservation Society will take joint responsibility for the beauty spot, and we will provide £500,000 towards its establishment and future management.

The site, which is located adjacent to the development site off Postley Road, Maidstone, will undergo some clearance work and initial maintenance so that it can be enjoyed by the local community.

The nature reserve will provide a natural habitat for local wildlife as well as a popular recreation space for families.

Joanna Webb, Senior Land and Planning Manager for Taylor Wimpey South East, says: “As a responsible housebuilder, we are committed to developing and enhancing local communities – and providing public open space for informal recreation and to preserve and protect wildlife is just one of the ways in which we do this.

“After several discussions with the local authorities and stakeholders regarding the nature reserve’s importance to the area, we felt that the most appropriate use for the land was for it to be transferred to public ownership.

“The site will now be safeguarded for public use and we hope local people make the most of this attractive green space on their doorsteps.”