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Chattertons advises long-standing client the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust in acquisition of farmland

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Leading Law firm, Chattertons Solicitors, recent legal work for the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust has included a large acquisition of farmland to add to the existing reserve at Sow Dale, just north of Old Bolingbroke near Spilsby, Lincolnshire.

Sow Dale is the most extensive of the dales that fret the Spilsby Sandstone country of the southern Wolds. For centuries it has formed an important access to the hills from the fenland country to the south; the famous prehistoric site of Hall Hill overlooks the entrance to it, and by the Middle Ages it was guarded by John of Gaunt's great castle at Old Bolingbroke.

The Trust, which this year celebrates its 75th Anniversary has been a client of Andrew & Co since it was first created in 1948, and so since the merger in 2019 Chattertons have been the Trust's solicitors. The Trust looks after nearly 100 nature reserves, gives wildlife a voice, and inspires people to take action for wildlife. It has over 25,000 members and more than 1,000 volunteers work with the Trust.

Following the recent completion Katherine Bunting, Partner in Commercial Property based at Boston, had an exclusive tour of part of the reserve with Chief Executive Paul Learoyd and Head of Nature Reserves Dave Bromwich.

Katherine said, "The dale is incredibly peaceful, undisturbed and beautiful. The richness of the wildlife and the diversity is amazing. Paul and Dave explained much of the work the Trust is doing to bring formerly farmed land back to being better for wildlife, including grazing with the Trust's herd of Lincolnshire red cattle, and the Trust's reversal of previous damaging changes to the local streams and drainage network in order to reduce the serious flood risk in Old Bolingbroke. It's great to be able to do the legal work to enable such a wonderful place to be protected, improved and preserved for future generations."


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