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Restoring Cheltenham’s Escarpment Grasslands …..N…E…W…S

Restoring Cheltenham’s Escarpment Grasslands …..N…E…W…S

In April 2021, National Grid offered a partnership between Charlton Kings Parish Council, Cheltenham Borough Council, and the Friends of Leckhampton Hill and Charlton Kings Common (FOLK) a cash grant of £175,000 over three years to restore nationally important landscape vistas, biodiversity, archaeology, and public access to the steep limestone edge to the Cotswolds AONB that forms the southern backdrop to Cheltenham.

The first year's work has been completed, and £44,000 of the grant spent on rebuilding 65 metres of dry stone wall, resurfacing 1,200 metres of the Cotswold Way on Charlton Kings Common, introducing a new grazing herd of English Longhorn and British White cattle to Charlton Kings Common and investing in a revolutionary 'NoFence' technology that defines areas to be grazed without the need for physical fences, and removing 5,000 m² of gorse and scrub from valuable limestone grassland.

The full report of the second six months' achievements can be found on the RCEG section of the Climate and Environment website page.

Posted: Thu, 15 Sep 2022 13:24 by Community Development Officer

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