Our statement about Newtown National Nature Reserve
"Our absolute priority at Newtown National Nature Reserve is – and has always been – to ensure wildlife can thrive at this special habitat and that people can continue to enjoy visiting it. We recently proposed some minor changes to the existing workshop space on the site, which will include a basic reception point where visitors are able to find information about the nature reserve and make themselves a hot drink. It’s clearly not a commercial venture and would have little impact on revenues.
"We always appreciate honest views about our plans, and on this occasion we did have some opposition from a group of volunteers. We invited them several times for discussions to listen to their concerns and to reassure them that we would never do anything to compromise conservation.
"Unfortunately, we eventually reached a point with two individuals where the relationship had completely broken down and we felt it was in the interest of both parties to go our separate ways."