A new community woodland at Maybush Copse, Chidham, will be officially opened to the public on Easter Saturday, April 7th, at 10am.
The opening marks the fruition of three years of work by a partnership between Chichester Harbour Conservancy, Chichester Harbour Trust and the Maybush Copse Friends, with the support of the local community.
The formerly derelict eight-acre site has been planted with 4,500 trees and has a network of woodland paths and a wheelchair path for people to enjoy. There are three beautiful viewpoints with Oak benches looking out over the neighbouring farmland towards the Chichester Harbour, and in time there will be open areas of wildflower lawn for families to enjoy picnics and ballgames.
A new permissive footpath links Maybush Copse to the local public footpath network offering links to the Chichester Harbour shoreline and the villages of Nutbourne and Chidham.
The entrance to Maybush Copse is on Cot Lane, Chidham. Visitors are encouraged to arrive on foot or by bike. Lockable cycle posts, kindly supplied by The Friends of Chichester Harbour have been provided along with a disabled parking space. There is roadside parking for a small number of cars.
Nicky Horter, the Conservancy’s Countryside Officer said, ‘We are looking forward to welcoming everyone to Maybush Copse; this project could not have happened without the support of the local community and all our funding partners’.
For more information on the project visit the Maybush Copse pages of the Chidham and Hambrook community website www.chidhamandhambrook.info.
Published 4th April 2012
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