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Funding approved to help improve accessibility at City nature reserve

Friday 2nd June

Funding approved to help improve accessibility at City nature reserve

Visitors to Harrison’s Plantation Nature Reserve off Lambourne Drive Nottingham will be able to get closer to the site’s wetland wildlife thanks to the installation of a new waterside boardwalk and interpretation materials thanks to a grant of £32,259 from funding body WREN. The reserve had previously benefitted from funding from WREN back in 2011.

The money, awarded by WREN’s FCC Community Action Fund, will be used to remove two dilapidated boardwalks and to improve access at the edge of Raleigh Pond, a main feature of the reserve. These will be replaced by a recycled plastic boardwalk allowing visitors close access to the water’s edge and to facilitate access for groups wishing to pond dip, something not currently possible at the site. The works will be carried out by EMEC Land Management.

New interpretation panels will also be installed at the reserve, which is managed by Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust on behalf of Nottingham City Council,  to give visitors more information about the site, its wildlife and history and special coir rolls will be installed along the water’s edge to create habitat suitable for planting with new marginal plants.

The improvements will also enhance access for visitors with limited mobility and two new RADAR gates will be installed to replace current structures designed to exclude motorbikes which make access for wheelchair and mobility scooter users difficult.

Speaking about the project Erin McDaid, Head of Communications for Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust said: “Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust cares for dozens of sites across the county and one of our passions is enabling people to see and enjoy the wildlife that lives on their doorstep. The funding from WREN’s FCC Community Action Fund will help us make Harrison’s Plantation much more accessible, enabling more local residents to experience its wildlife, peace and tranquillity.”

WREN is a not-for-profit business that awards grants for community, conservation and heritage projects from funds donated by waste and resource management company FCC Environment through the Landfill Communities Fund.

Cheryl Raynor, WREN’s grant manager for Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and Cambridgeshire, says: “We are delighted to be supporting Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust with this project and pleased that our funding will help the local community to fully enjoy this beautiful and peaceful reserve. WREN is always happy to consider grant applications for projects that make a difference to local communities and we’re really looking forward to seeing this one take shape soon.”

The work will be carried out over the next few weeks and the new facilities should be ready later in the summer.

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