Great News for Wetland Landscapes in Nottinghamshire
Monday 20th March
An exciting programme to create new wetland habitats and improve access for local people to nature reserves in the Trent, Leen and Erewash Valleys has been awarded Growth Point Funding by the Greater Nottingham Planning Partnership. The funding will allow partners to carry out fourteen projects across parks and reserves in Ashfield, Broxtowe, Erewash, Gedling, Nottingham City and Rushcliffe.
Managed by Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust, the aim of this multi-partner programme is to contribute to the delivery of our vision for wetland landscapes with exceptional quality Green Infrastructure in the Trent, Leen and Erewash Valleys, where local communities can explore and enjoy linked, wildlife-rich, wetland sites.
Many of the projects will be delivering the aspirations of Friends Groups who look after Local Nature Reserves to create and enhance habitats in their local patch, and to bring more wildlife back to these important river valleys. Speaking about the confirmation of funding, Mark Glover from Gedling Conservation Trust said “The Wetlands Landscape project provides fantastic opportunities to improve vital wildlife habitats and to enable more people and groups to experience the wonderful wildlife that is to be seen at the Netherfield Lagoons. The enhancements we shall be making include innovative reedbed management, making the site even more attractive for rare birds. We shall also be providing new walkways and improved signage to make the reserve an even more exciting place to visit”.
Over the next few months, sites such as Skylarks Nature Reserve in Rushcliffe, Titchfield Park in Ashfield, Toton Fields Local Nature Reserve in Broxtowe, and many more, will also start to see positive changes for both wildlife and visitors. The projects will include the creation of a number of new ponds, the re-naturalisation of part of two brooks, reedbed management and new soft plant-rich edges for the Erewash Canal and at Colwick Country Park. Funding will also enable the installation of accessible kissing gates which can be operated by wheelchair users, new and improved paths for family access and improved features for viewing wildlife. Most projects will be asking for local volunteers to come and help, so there will be plenty of opportunities for everyone to get involved.