What would you call Gaywood Valley walk?

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Ideas are being sought from the public for a name to give to a publicly-accessible wildlife area which is being developed along the Gaywood river.

The area, close to Lynnsport, is owned by the West Norfolk Council and managed in conjunction with volunteers from the Gaywood Valley Conservation Group, with advice from Norfolk Wildlife Trust (NWT).

Over the past year the volunteers have worked hard to open out a circular path around the site, as well as creating wildflower meadows, and opening out sunny glades in the extremely dense hawthorn woods.

NWT Project Officer Mark Webster said: “It’s a fascinating area in many ways, with an amazing tunnel of trees through the middle, along with open grassy glades and patches of wetland plants.

“We know that the area has been used in the past as a BMX track and there are still lots of lumps and bumps where this used to be.

“It seems that dredgings from the river have also been added to the site in previous years, adding to the curiously diverse mix of soils here.”

There are also lots of fruit trees in the area, suggesting that it was once an orchard.

Despite there being a well-trodden path through the site, which borders Salters Road and the riverside path, there does not seem to be an agreed name for the area.

The winenr will be chosen by council, with a prize including a book token and a year’s free membership of NWT.

Alistair Beales, deputy leader of the council, is looking forward to judging ideas for a name for the site from local residents. “It might commemorate a local naturalist or conservationist, or be a name that people are already using informally” he said. “We are looking for a name that will encourage people to visit the area and enjoy seeing wildlife on their doorsteps”.

The name will be used on interpretation boards explaining to visitors about the site and the animals and plants that they may see there.

If you would like to put forward a name for the area, or have any memories about the site’s use over the years, or would just like more information about the area – which is at the end of the Beulah Street car park – contact Mark Webster on 07843 069 567 or via markw@norfolkwildlifetrust.org.uk. The closing date for naming competition entries is May 31.

For details of how you can help wildlife at this site and others in the area, contact Mark or search online for the Gaywood Valley Conservation Group, who meet at Beulah Street car park at 9.30am on Mondays.