Meadow site to be turned into a nature reserve

Brundall parish councillors Grant Nurden and Martin Davies at Cremer's Meadow, which the parish has

Brundall parish councillors Grant Nurden and Martin Davies at Cremer's Meadow, which the parish has bought and plan to turn into a nature reserve for the villagers.Picture by SIMON FINLAY. - Credit: Archant Norfolk

A four-acre site between Brundall and Blofield has been bought by a parish council and is to become a community nature reserve.

Cremer's Meadow has been bought by Brundall Parish Council, which hopes to keep it in its natural state and turn it into a nature trail and nature reserve.

A Friends of Cremer's Meadow group has now been established and people are being encouraged to get involved and share their ideas of how the site can be preserved, developed and used.

The land runs along the boundary between the two villages and as it would be a community asset for families in Blofield too, Brundall parish councillors Grant Nurden and Gill Buckley, who are leading the friends project, said they would be keen for people in Blofield to get involved.

The land, half wetland and half dry ground, used to belong to Ivan and Shirley Cremer. Following Mr Cremer's death, Mrs Cremer initially put the land up for sale at auction, but agreed to withdraw it and sell it to the council privately.

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Mrs Cremer has been asked to be patron of the friends' group, and Mr Nurden said her expert knowledge of the land would be beneficial as the project progresses.

Mr Nurden said: 'We want it to be a place where people can go and enjoy nature, for example dog walkers and families, and there's a nice wooden shed which is ideal for the scouts and guides to use as an outdoor venue for their activities.'

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He added: 'We are looking for as many people as possible who are interested in being involved in the decision making.

'For example, we could do something like put in a board walk or put up some owl nesting boxes, and the more people with knowledge and experience who get involved, the better.'

At the moment, members of the public are asked not to access the land, as there are still a lot of hazards on the site which need to be removed. He said the Friends of Cremer's Meadow were hoping to arrange for some open days.

Anyone who would like to get involved with the Friends of Cremer's Meadow can contact the parish council on 01603 712223 or 07809 144342 or by email at

Do you have a story about Brundall and Blofield? Call reporter Kim Briscoe on 01603 772474.

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