As part of the Moat Lane project, South Northamptonshire Council and its partners have acquired the Watermeadows. The Grade II* Registered parkland was part of the original Easton Neston Estate and covers over 60 acres near Towcester town centre. The Watermeadows represent an important and welcome addition to the public green space available in Towcester.
The restoration of the Watermeadows has taken place in two stages, with the first phase opened to the public in April 2010. The second half of the restored Watermeadows was officially opened in April 2012.
The project team have worked with English Heritage, Natural England, The Wildlife Trust, The Towcester Wildlife Trust and ecologists to ensure that the Watermeadows are managed and restored appropriately. The restoration project has improved habitats, protected the historic parkland and provided links to Bury Mount and the town centre.
The work to the Watermeadows has been ‘light touch’ in approach and includes:
- a new pedestrian bridge linking the site with Bury Mount
- an access from the Northampton Road and a pathway leading to the bridge
- fencing for stock, tree and grassland management
- installation of bat boxes
- cleaning of the Mill Stream and
- installation of seating.
The grassland is managed in a traditional way, using stock to graze during periods throughout the year.