Totnes Rare Breeds has been working in collaboration with Network Rail in the interests of local wildlife. Months of planning bore fruit on 30 June when Jacquie and Barrie Tolley were formally granted a licence to access and maintain a small wooded area adjacent to the farm. The piece of land, which lies between the Rare Breeds site and the mainline, has remained untouched since the railway first extended to Totnes in 1847. It is hoped that it may be home to unusual species of flora and fauna, and that it may be nurtured to provide a haven for such wildlife in the future. It should provide exciting opportunities for field studies, and potentially work with local colleges and universities.
A green and pleasant haven
From Left to Right: Community Rail Executive Mike Franklin; Barrie and Jacquie Tolley; volunteers Steve and Dave