Andrew Percy

Andrew Percy

Former Member of Parliament for Brigg & Goole and the Isle of Axholme

Andrew Meets Natural England to Discuss Moor Opportunities



Brigg & Goole MP Andrew Percy met with representatives of Natural England last Friday to discuss the future of the Goole and Thorne Moor, a designated National Nature Reserve. The site is of national importance and was last visited by Andrew during the recent fire which damaged a large section of Goole Moor. Andrew met with Natural England to view the damaged area a few months on and to discuss how the local community could make more use of the moors.


Andrew says, "It was great to be back at the Moor without the smell of smoke and I was amazed at just how quickly the fire damaged area has started to replenish. This site is of national importance and is now home to mane rare birds including cranes and the nightjar. The fire crews from Goole, and across the brigade area, did a fantastic job containing this fire and Natural England were full of praise for the professional way in which they managed the incident.


I was particularly keen to talk to Natural England about how the community can benefit more from the Moor, particularly in the education field. Peter Nottage, Regional Director, explained that they really wanted to see the community more engaged in the Moor and that they were especially keen for the site to be used as an exciting educational resource for local schools. I could see great potential in this and as someone who is passionate about promoting alternative provision and vocational qualifications, I have promised to work with Natural England and local schools to try to develop this further.


There are great things already happening on Hatfield, Thorne and Goole Moor including fungi forays, deer walks and historical walks and I really would urge residents to make use of this fantastic facility on our doorstep."



Photo: Kevin Bull, Andrew Percy and Peter Nottage (Regional Director)

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