Press Releases week beginning 16 May 2016
New breed of cattle to graze the Country Park
Keen to continue with sustainable methods of managing the glens and slopes of Hastings Country Park Nature Reserve, Hastings Borough Council has introduced a new breed of cattle to graze inaccessible areas of the park.
Five Belted Galloway cattle were delivered on Wednesday (18 May) to replace the British White cattle which have now left for breeding.
Cllr Warren Davies, the council's lead member for environment explained:
"As the British White cattle have now been moved off the Country Park for breeding we thought this was an excellent opportunity to try out other conservation grazing breeds. The Belted Galloways or 'Belties' as they are fondly referred to are a very hardy breed and will be completely at home in the habitat the Country Park offers.
"These charismatic cattle will be grazing Warren Glen together with the Exmoor Ponies that were introduced a year ago. They are extremely hardy and adaptable to a wide range of habitats and environmental conditions so will be perfect for the exposed slopes. The Belties have a very placid nature which makes them a very useful animal for grazing sites with public access.
"We have opened up fencing to allow the cattle and ponies to roam freely around one of our largest and wildest glens, thereby allowing them the same freedom as walkers. Look out for these wonderful creatures next time your visit Warren Glen."
Hastings wins top Seaside Awards
The 2016 bathing season is off to a flying start. Marina beach, St Leonards has been awarded both the prestigious Blue Flag award and the Seaside Award and Pelham Beach, Hastings has also been awarded the Seaside Award.
This summer, 68 beaches across England will be flying a Blue Flag Award after meeting the highest standards for cleanliness, facilities and water quality.
In addition, 111 beaches have been presented with the Seaside Award by Keep Britain Tidy.
The awards recognise and reward beaches in England that achieve the highest standards of beach management and, in the case of bathing beaches, meet guideline water quality.
Cllr Peter Chowney leader of Hastings Borough Council said:
"Once again this is a fantastic result. Not only have we won the Seaside Award for both beaches but also the prestigious Blue Flag Award for Marina. This is the first time a beach in Hastings has been recognised for both awards and it reflects the hard work and commitment given by council officers to make this happen.
"We are very proud of our beaches and of course they attract many visitors every year. Together with partners and local community groups we have been actively promoting litter picking events and the comprehensive water improvement works that have taken place in Alexandra Park have all added to this success.
"The Seaside Award and Blue flags will be flying high. Residents and holiday makers want to visit clean, safe beaches and the sight of the flags gives them the reassurance that they want; a guarantee that they have the best facilities and cleanest beaches this summer"
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