Thu. Oct 5th, 2023
    Plans for Car Park in Isle of Man Woodland to Improve Access

    The Manx Wildlife Trust has put forward plans to build a car park in Claughbane plantation on the Isle of Man. The development, which would accommodate 14 cars and a bicycle park, aims to encourage more people to visit the woodland. Situated west of Ramsey Hairpin in Garff, the site was previously a quarry. The project is part of the trust’s efforts to create “all ability access” to the area.

    The application for the car park has been submitted by the Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture on behalf of the Manx Wildlife Trust, which was granted a 99-year lease to manage the plantation last year. Andree Dubbeldam of the trust emphasized the importance of the development in providing easier access to the surrounding woodland, particularly for those who would not typically visit the countryside.

    Although some trees will need to be removed to accommodate the car park, Dubbeldam described the impact as “modest.” Some trees were already damaged or diseased, and a few saplings would be removed or thinned as well. The plantation is home to a variety of tree species, including ash, birch, elm, sycamore, and willow.

    In addition to the car park, a separate application for an open-sided timber pavilion to hold interpretive panels was submitted earlier this year. The broader project aims to increase tree planting and introduce rare species to support the local wildlife. Private firms and organizations are offering significant investment to support these plans.

    These developments are part of ongoing conservation efforts to protect this woodland area and make it more accessible for visitors. By creating improved access and providing educational resources, the Manx Wildlife Trust hopes to encourage more people to appreciate and enjoy the beauty of this natural landscape.

    – Manx Wildlife Trust
    – Claughbane Quarry planning application