Bytheway Field becomes Accessible Natural Green Space0
Bytheway Field off Leigh Road in Colehill has become the first Suitable Accessible Natural Green Space (SANG) in Dorset.
SANGs are designated areas of green space which are intended to provide mitigation for the potential impact of residential development on nearby heathland by preventing an increase in visitor pressure on the heathland.
These sites are funded by developers either directly or via the Heathland Mitigation Fund to mitigate the impact of homes built in the immediate area. In the case of Bytheway, £322,000 was obtained from Charles Church and Persimmon Homes in respect of the housing development on the former Flight Refuelling site in Wimborne and is being used to provide the open space, build a play area and cover maintenance of the site into the future.
The work at Bytheway, which has been managed by East Dorset District Council, includes 3,000 metres of pathway suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs and development of the 37 acre space.
The SANG will be officially opened at 11am on Saturday 6 April by the Chairman of East Dorset District Council, Cllr Lucy Clark.