Recently an old botanical survey report dating from 1995 came to light in a dusty workshop at Scarborough Borough Council’s Parks depot. The original report, now scanned electronically into a series of pdfs was authored by a botanist by the name of Ken Trewen and includes details of plant species, including grasses and ferns along mapped stretches of the old railway line, between Whitby and Scarborough, designated as a multi-user traffic free path. See The Cinder Track Case Study for more on this route.
The report, commissioned by Scarborough Borough Council in 1995 was all but forgotten about, but has been shared with local naturalists who might be interested to see what botanical treasures lurked in the trackside undergrowth over two decades ago and may wish to venture along the path to compare the current flora.
The wildlife corridor which the old railway line offers is recognized widely in the local community as a vital part of the line’s legacy and will inform some guiding principles in the aspirations of the Local Authority to improve access and enjoyment of the route by people living nearby and people visiting the area.
The links below comprise the scanned Trewen botanical report, two parts typed report pages and one part the scans of the maps annotated with the survey sections along the route.
DISUSED RAILWAY LINE – WHITBY TO SCARBOROUGH maps Large pdf file 16Mb