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Woodland steps row

Moor Nook Residents with the steps leading to Brockholes Nature Reserve which the wildlife trust are looking into closing

Moor Nook Residents with the steps leading to Brockholes Nature Reserve which the wildlife trust are looking into closing

Families on a city estate have launched a campaign to save a set of steps leading to a popular nature reserve.

Moor Nook residents want to save 20-year-old steps into woodland near Brockholes, set to be closed by Lancashire Wildlife Trust through safety concerns.

But campaigners fear they will be cut off from the “beautiful” place, and have collected hundreds of signatures against the decision.

Tracy Hughes, 42, said: “It’s only a three minute walk on the bridge and then down the steps and then you’re on the reserve.

“Then you can see all the wildlife just before you get to the floating centre.

“But they are stopping that so we have to go down this big hill where all the bikes come down from the Guild Wheel.”

Tracy, who has walked her dogs in the area for more than 10 years, said: “It just takes all the fun out of it, going through the woods and seeing the rabbits and squirrels - they are going to miss all that.”

Alan Wright of Lancashire Wildlife Trust said: “After inspection the trust has taken the decision that we are no longer able to maintain these steps in a safe condition and therefore we have had to take the decision to close them.

“We have had a several accidents occur on the steps which is of great concern to us.”

He said the cost of upgrades and maintenance was “not sustainable”, but said it was “disappointing” the route was to be closed.

He said meetings were being arranged with the community to minimise the impact and find alternative easy access.

 

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