21st Aug, 2017

Bromsgrove dog-walkers left baffled with blocked entrance to popular wildflower meadow

Lorna Morris 10th Aug, 2017

DOG-WALKERS in Bromsgrove were left baffled when the entrance to a popular wildflower meadow was blocked off.

Last weekend, large branches were put in the way of the field, which lies adjacent to Avoncroft Museum, and signs were also allegedly put up threatening any dogs trespassing would be shot.

Concerned resident, Ian Shorthouse, contacted The Standard when he couldn’t access the popular beauty spot due.

He said: “The area is very pleasant and is widely used by families and dog walkers like myself.

“I noticed access to the meadow had been removed and the walkways were blocked with tree branches.

“I have also been told there was a sign erected recently saying that any dogs seen on the wild flower meadow would be shot.

“Why has this happened? I just want to get to the bottom of it.”

Avoncroft Museum, which manages the land, confirmed the signs were not put up by staff and volunteers got to work remove the branches straight away.

The meadow was reopened last Tuesday.

Avoncroft’s director, Simon Carter, said: “It was a bit of a mystery how the access into the wildflower meadow came to be blocked, but we were very grateful to the local dog walkers for alerting us over the weekend.

“We’ve put up temporary signs making it clear that the land is managed by the Museum, and these will be replaced by new interpretation boards very soon, which tell the history of the meadow (which was planted by ecologist Christopher Cadbury in the 1990s) and the wildlife it supports, for which we’ve received grant funding.”

The museum hopes a further grant in the near future will provide the funding to improve boundary and access points for the local community to access the meadow easily.

*What do you think? Did you seen any blockages or signs near the wildflower meadow? Let us know by emailing us at editor@bromsgrovestandard.co.uk

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