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Bid to have nature reserve re-named after founder

Campaigners want Minster Road Nature Reserve to be called the 'Jane Adams Nature Reserve'

20 November, 2017 — By Helen Chapman

A NATURE reserve is set to be re-named in honour of its founder, who died earlier this year.

The green space in Minster Road, West Hampstead, is in line to become the “Jane Evans Nature Reserve” if users can show Camden Council there is public support for the change. Ms Evans, who was in her 60s when she died earlier this year, lived in a house at the back of the site near Mill Lane and campaigned to restore unused land next to the Thameslink railway tracks.

Currently known as the Minster Road Nature Reserve, it is used by schools and community gardening groups. Lib Dem ward councillor Flick Rea said: “We had some difficulty when we initially said we wanted to have the reserve named after her – it was said this isn’t usually done unless they have been dead for 30 years. In 30 years’ time no one would remember who or why or when Jane Evans and the nature reserve were linked. We have now persuaded Camden Council, who said if we gain sufficient support they would consider it. Now we are gaining letters of support.”

The Town Hall said that it will approve the name change if that public support is proven.

James Earl, who chairs the Fordwych Residents’ Association (FRA), of which Ms Evans was the secretary, said: “Jane played an instrumental role with the nature reserve. She led the plans which ensured trees got planted, getting the reserve redeveloped, and also ensured the council followed through on their plans. “Jane was the driving force behind the establishment of Minster Road Nature Reserve.”

He added: “There is community consensus for naming the nature reserve after Jane across local councillors, the Friends of Minster Road Nature Reserve and the Fordwych Residents’ Association. Hopefully the nature reserve will be renamed soon.”

Labour ward councillor Lorna Russell said: “Jane was really passionate about the nature reserve and so integral to its success. Naming the reserve after her is very fitting tribute to a formidable community champion.”

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