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Rackheath woodland plan proposed by council

A new woodland could be established in Norfolk as a haven for wildlife, in a scheme proposed by a district council.

Broadland council wants to turn two hectares (five acres) of a World War II air base at Rackheath, near Norwich, into woodland for use by the community.

The council's cabinet has backed work to assess the safety of the site and to look at soil contamination issues.

The £50,000 project would be paid for by selling off four plots near the site for families to build their own homes.

The council's head of environmental services Andy Jarvis said: "It would be wonderful to think that this run-down and neglected area could be regenerated into community woodland, and add another green amenity to Broadland's portfolio of attractive open spaces."

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