A council has purchased a 34 acre nature reserve.

Horsham District Council announced the purchase of Bramber Brooks as part of their strategy to boost local biodiversity and help the district achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Popular with walkers, it has a nature reserve, a community orchard and public access.

The purchase of this land will allow the public, including local schools and scout groups, to enjoy the area for years to come.

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Bramber Brooks will also be included in the council's countryside estate which means it can be helped by the fully funded Environment Agency.

Horsham District Council Cabinet Member for leisure, culture and green spaces Councillor Jon Olson said: "We’re excited to confirm our acquisition of Bramber Books is now complete, and that ongoing public access has been secured for the local community.

"Managing this land within our countryside estate will also guarantee that proposals to improve the biodiversity of the site can move forward.

"This opportunity really underlines the council’s commitment to address the climate and ecological emergencies we all face, as we take real action to achieve net zero carbon emissions for our District and look to inspire greener futures."