What do you think of Pretty Corner?

A woodland beauty spot on the north Norfolk coast could get �100,000 of improvements to help visitors - if the public wants them.Pretty Corner near Sheringham is a popular haunt for nature lovers and dog walkers, drawn by its trees, plants, wildlife, and scenic views.

A woodland beauty spot on the north Norfolk coast could get �100,000 of improvements to help visitors - if the public wants them.

Pretty Corner near Sheringham is a popular haunt for nature lovers and dog walkers, drawn by its trees, plants, wildlife, and scenic views.

All 123 acres are now being run the Woodland Trust which is working in partnership with local councils to improve access - though better paths, signposts, information boards and a viewing platform.

But it cannot seek funding until it knows what local people think about the area, and its future.


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A public consultation is being run from May 6-9 to gather views through a questionnaire.

Trust regional development officer John Brown said improvements, which would take about three years, could cost �100,000 and they were 'as confident as possible' about securing funding.

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'But we need the public view. There is no point us doing something nobody wants,' he added.

Some people might want to keep the area unspoilt, but adding paths actually helped keep quiet areas quieter by steering walkers away.

The Woodland Trust charity has 1,200 sites across the country, as it strives to create, conserve and increase understanding and enjoyment of woodlands.

Pretty Corner has been safeguarded for public access through recent council land deals, and funding for its management has come through a successful �35,000 public appeal and �15,000 legacy to the trust.

Surveys have shown there are nine globally-threatened and declining species in the woodland, which is also home to pipistrelle bats, spotted flycatchers, adders, slowworms, weasels and roe deer, as well as comma, holly blue and common blue butterflies.

Plants include orchids, twayblade and heath bedstraw. There are two Sites of Special Scientific Interest and views over the Holt Cromer ridge.

The consultation - which also seeks information on what people currently enjoy doing in Pretty Corner - is being carried out by Sheringham's Upcher Community Partnership, whose manager Janet Farrow said people could give views on whether the woods could be used for mountain biking and orienteering.

Questionnaires are available at the town library and tourist office, as well as the partnership office in Station Road, where they needed to be returned by a May 15 deadline. People taking part will be entered into a draw offering an activity day at the Hilltop Outdoor Adventure Centre.

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