Purple toadflax (Linaria purpurea), a plant of garden origin that seems quite at home along the Brook.
Between Cherry Hinton Brook and Cherry Hinton (see map below) lie three lakes that were formerly chalk pits. We believe that these lakes should be open to the public, as do the recently formed Cambridge Lakes Project, although details of our policies differ.
the lakes, with their surrounding area and associated open spaces should be maintained as a green and blue nature corridor, with open access to the lakes and those landfill sites that are currently undeveloped, for appropriate leisure activities.
housing development should be considered inappropriate on any of the open spaces in this area, as identified in the Issues and Option Report.
public access should be enhanced both for the benefit of local residents and in order to promote local buy-in and support for the wildlife conservation functions of the area.
A difficulty in any attempt to open up the lakes to the general public is the complexity of their ownership. This Google map shows what we believe to be the ownership pattern. The areas shown are approximate and carry no legal weight. Apparent overlap between areas is due to inaccuracies in the sketch maps we have seen. If you have any more accurate information, please let us know.