Work starts on new link to Exe Estuary Trail

PUBLISHED: 10:00 28 October 2016

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Work has begun on a new path linking the Exe Estuary Trail to the north of Exmouth.

The National Trust has started construction of the one-kilometre hard-surfaced multi-use path, which will cross land it owns at Lower Halsdon Farm to link up with the A376 near Rivermead Avenue.

The National Trust says the path will help open up access to the Exe Estuary Trail, as well as providing space for people to exercise and enjoy nature

David Ford, the National Trust’s general manager for East Devon countryside, said: “We are really excited about opening up public access across Lower Halsdon Farm and the surrounding countryside and we hope people will explore, whether on foot, using a wheelchair or on a bike.

“The path has been carefully planned to allow people easier access to the countryside within the setting of the beautiful Exe Estuary and a working farm.

“The work has been chosen to reflect [former Lower Halsdon Farm owner] Stanley Long’s wish for the farm to be for all the people of Exmouth to enjoy.

“We feel that giving people access across the land to the estuary in a sensitive and well-managed way is in tune with these wishes.”

The project also includes plans to help wildlife in the area by restoring hedges and improving habitat for butterflies, insects and wild birds.

It also involves the planting of more than 200 new trees to create a copse habitat for birds and mammals, including planting new field trees to replace trees lost during the Dutch elm disease epidemic.

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