Work to protect Linby grassland

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VITAL work is being funded to help protect rare grassland at Linby.

Notts County Council has secured a grant of £25,000 for projects at the Linby Trails and a similar site near Teversal.

The money has come from the SITA Trust, which is an organisation that distributes donations from recycling companies to protect the environment.

The Linby Trail is part of just 175 hectares of lowland calcareous grassland that exists in the county. The trail runs for more than two kilometres towards Newstead.

Works under the scheme will involve cutting back trees and bushes that are invading the sites and also mowing the grassland at the end of summer to keep it in good condition.

This type of grassland, which is developed on thin limestone soils, is a national concervation priority habitat that is listed in the UK ‘Biodiversity Action Plan’.

Coun John Cottee (Con), the county council’s lead member for community, dubbed the project “vital” to protect habitats and the species they support.