Northam Burrows receives £400k grant from Natural England

Burrows ranger Shawn Corin with the brambles and the great sea rushes on Northam Burrows.

Burrows ranger Shawn Corin with the brambles and the great sea rushes on Northam Burrows. - Credit: Archant

The funding will allow for the Country Park to be regenerated and returned to its natural state.

NORTHAM Burrows will be returned to the ‘natural grazing pasture of old’ thanks to a £400,000 grant from Natural England.

Torridge District Council was successful in winning the award under the Higher Level Stewardship programme, which will help the Burrows retain its strength.

Part of the programme will allow certain areas to regenerate themselves naturally using livestock in a controlled manner.

There will also be a heritage and architectural protection survey done to log any items of historical interest before major work is carried out.

Shawn Corin, senior Burrows ranger, said: “This is a 10-year programme which will allow us to help the Burrows help itself.

“Over recent years, brambles and non-native species have taken a stranglehold over parts of this unique Country Park; this money will allow us, among other things, to carry out a scrape and scrub clearance programme – removing the invasive non-native species allowing things like water germander and the great sea rushes to prosper again.

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“This will return the Burrows back to the natural grazing pasture of old.”

The council will receive the funding over a period of 10 years.

Councillor Gaye Taybor, lead member for the built and natural environment, said the funding was great news for the Burrows and those who love it.

“Northam Burrows is a SSSI and qualifies on three counts,” she said.

“Firstly and most spectacularly is the Pebble Ridge, secondly the great sea rushes and thirdly for the water germander found here and at Braunton Burrows on the eastern shore of the estuary.

“This funding should allow both the sea rushes and water germander to once again thrive in their natural habitat.”

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