Plans to improve Dereham's open spaces go out for review

Plans to make a Norfolk market town the greenest in the county are on the cards after a study found a lack of quality play areas and open spaces.

Dereham Town Council has drawn up a "green vision" for the town to make it a haven for wildlife and people. The aim is to improve and add to green spaces, and create cycle lanes and footpaths to link them.

Proposals also include a playing field with football pitch for Toftwood, woodlands and planting.

The full extent of the plans for the town are to be revealed at a public meeting on 19 August, during which residents are to be asked for their views on the importance of green space.

Dereham's mayor Lynda Turner said: "We have so much in place already, it is a foundation for a lot of work we could do, from new sports facilities to woodlands."

She added that following a survey of the area, it was found that spots south of Dereham, such as Toftwood, lacked green spaces.

Other ideas include encouraging wildlife in the cemetery and influencing design to make new properties wildlife-friendly.

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