Langdyke’s reserves – an introduction
Each of Langdyke’s reserves has it’s own distinct and diverse feel about it.
In the eastern area of Langdyke country the three reserves are all in a strip of land between the villages of Etton and Maxey.
Etton-Maxey nature reserve is the largest area the countryside trust maintains. A former site for gravel extraction it sits alongside the current area being worked by Tarmac. It is grazed all year round by sheep.
Etton High Meadow consists of a barn, a series of paddocks, a community orchard with more than 70 fruit trees and six allotments for local residents to use.
Directly opposite on the other side of the Etton road is Vergette Wood Meadow – the latest reserve to join the Langdyke family. It is a mix of meadow land and flooded woodland. A project is underway to encourage Turtle Doves to use it.
In the western section the main reserve is Swaddywell – a quarry since Roman times – which was rescued from a variety of uses (including a race track) by Langdyke in 2003.
On the edge of the nearby village of Helpston is the Torpel Manor site. The grassy meadow hides a rich history from Roman times, to a Norman castle, then a medieval manor and settlement with royal connections.
Nearby in on the edge of the village of Bainton is the unique Bainton Heath reserve – a twenty acre site owned by National Grid and sadly not open to the public.
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