Deviock Parish Council, endorsed by Cornwall Wildlife Trust and supported by Cornwall Council, will be competing at auction on Thursday 28th October to protect woodlands adjacent to a popular Countryside Park at the mouth of the River Seaton in Cornwall.
If successful, the land will be brought into public ownership and protected for the benefit of both the local community and visitors to this popular seaside resort.
Cornwall Wildlife Trust will work with the Parish Council on an appropriate and sustainable Habitat Management Plan for the land.
A 4.77 acre plot of land, divided into two lots, at the mouth of the River Seaton is being auctioned on Thursday 4th November 2021.
This land is subject to planning designations that include a Tree Preservation Order Area, an Area of Great Landscape Value and a County Wildlife Site. These unfortunately do not guarantee its future.
It is directly adjacent to Seaton Countryside Park and the Forestry Commission confirms the presence of numerous Priority Species including Protected Species such as Brown long-eared Daubenton’s bats, Dormouse, and Otter.
As well as its wildlife woodland status, this land plays a role in flood mitigation, and the Parish Council is concerned that any development may exacerbate existing flood issues in the area and threaten the quality of water entering the sea.
It is the Parish Council’s intention to enter this auction and to protect this land for the public.
The Parish Council has allocated a budget from its land acquisition fund and has engaged with partners including Cornwall Council and Cornwall Wildlife Trust.
However, given the very short notice and interest in the lots, The Parish Council is unlikely to succeed without community support and has launched an emergency Crowdfunder campaign to allow the public to contribute:
For further information, please contact the Parish Clerk – firstname.lastname@example.org.