Easterly pit (sometimes known as Pit 1), is designated
an SNCI and does have interesting flora and forna.
It is, however a very delicate environment that was
excluded from the initial work plan and remains, at
present, a closed environment.
this closed environment does have two sides to it.
On the one hand it has allowed the delicate environment
to survive however it has also allowed the more invasive,
pioneer species, such as silver birch, willow and
sycamore to become established. Unless controlled
these invaders will change the ecology of the pit
part of our three year project planning we are aiming
to establish a suitable path through the area, with
strategically placed information boards to highlight
particular areas. The existing barbed wire fences
would be removed where possible and a post and wire
fence established erected against a backdrop of prickly
hedging to protect the Pit against intrusive access.
Although our plans aim for the work to start in 2005/6,
all such plans do rely on adequate finance being available.