Residents are being asked if they support a proposal to grant Local Nature Reserve (LNR) status to the scenic Orchid Wood site off Sawley Road at Breaston.
Erewash Borough Council wants to add the site to its official nature reserves in the borough, saying the area is a valuable open space for the local community, visitors and nature conservation.
Orchid Wood is in a rural setting next to Church Wilne Reservoir and close to St Chad’s Water, the River Derwent and several local wildlife sites. It is a popular site with walkers, dog walkers and those who enjoy woodland settings and birdlife.
Residents can complete a short survey online or hard copies are available at Ilkeston and Long Eaton Town Halls. The consultation closes at 5pm on Wednesday 20 November.
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
“Orchid Wood is at the heart of lovely rural and scenic landscapes and is incredibly popular with walkers. We firmly believe the site deserves to be a Local Nature Reserve to give it the protection it deserves but we do want to hear from residents that they would support this move.
“We currently have 10 LNRs in Erewash and we hope this site can become number 11. It shows this council’s commitment to protecting and maintaining important wildlife and natural sites – there is much to celebrate in Erewash and we have so many gems right on our doorstep.”
The wood was formerly a gravel and sand pit which was filled in during 1997-98 and nearly 10,500 trees and shrubs planted – with the site taking its name from an orchid glade within the woodland.