New Wellington Nature Reserve

Most people probably know that there has been a lot of talk about the Persimmon Homes housing proposals in the Popes Lane area in Rockwell Green. Alongside that is the proposal for KS Coles’ Trinity Farm (which lies between Foxdown Hill, The Cleve and Trinity Close) to become a Local Nature Reserve (LNR). The current housing proposals also include a community orchard and a park, which would adjoin the nature reserve. Neither of these proposals are confirmed yet and in respect of the new housing development the designs are likely to change as the scheme is developed for a planning application. There was a consultation on the housing proposals on 27 June 2024, which was attended by several TTW members. These two schemes were also recently picked up by the BBC and a TTW spokesperson was quoted in the report.

Both of these schemes are important in respect of the Green Corridor and the wish to eventually have a green link between the Quantocks and the Blackdowns. With this in mind, TTW has been pro-active in responding to the development proposals. An email has recently been sent to Persimmon Homes. The email made the case for ensuring that any development is as supportive to nature and wildlife as reasonably possible. The current Persimmon Popes Lane landscaping strategy was drawn up by CSA Environmental.

The proposed new nature reserve on the Trinity Farm land is currently being evaluated for Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) by Greenshank Environmental. Allowing this site to be returned to nature would reinforce the Green Corridor. It has been intensively farmed for over 65 years and as such the soil is likely to have been degraded with phosphate issues. Wellington Town Council are engaged in this process. A long term maintenance plan will also be developed.

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Wellington New Nature Reserve