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The Bermuda Audubon Society has proposed the creation of walking trails and signage through a St George’s property.

The land on the eastern side of Stoke’s Point – located east of Mullet Bay Road and south of Stoke’s Point Road – was gifted to the Audubon Society in 2014.

Karen Border, president of the Audubon Society, said: “It is a beautiful piece of open space that includes farmed arable land, woodland reserve and coastal reserve.

“We are seeking permission to install a nature reserve sign and to create a walking trail through the woodland to the coast, so that this lovely reserve can be open for the public to enjoy.”

The plan, submitted this week, proposes the creation of an entrance to the reserve at the farm field access off Stokes Point Road.

Workers would install a sign, remove invasive plants and replacing them with a royal poinciana, along with Bermuda cedar, palmettos and olivewoods.

The project would also create a publicly accessible loop footpath through the woodlands to the coast, where a bench would be installed.

Agricultural land on the property – which is being actively farmed – would be unaffected.

The Audubon Society said that Brazil pepper and Chinese fan palms on the site would be gradually culled over the course of five or more years as part of a woodland management plan.

The application said: “These are so abundant that it is anticipated that their elimination will open up many gaps of varying sizes to create space for immediate replacement with mainly Bermuda cedar and Bermuda palmetto nursery stock to create a new, more blowdown resistant canopy – restoring windbreak and shade – to create a new native dominated woodland.

“Additional culling of less aggressive naturalised trees and shrubs can take place over time, with immediate fill-in planting with a greater diversity of native trees and woody shrubs such as yellowwood, olivewood and wax-myrtle, or ground cover shrubs, grasses, sedges and vines, such as wood grass and the endemic Bermuda sedge and Bermuda bean.”

The site of the future nature reserve.

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Published April 15, 2021 at 8:00 am (Updated April 14, 2021 at 4:01 pm)

Plans for new walking trail at Stoke’s Point

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