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Rotary members going the extra mile to help improve access at popular nature reserves

Monday 24th April

Rotary members going the extra mile to help improve access at popular nature reserves

Members of the Rotary Club of Retford are going the extra mile to raise funds to improve access at Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust’s Idle Valley Nature Reserve and are encouraging others to do the same by taking part in a fun walk for all at the site.

The walk, which will take place on Sunday 14th May between 10am and 3pm,  at the reserve just outside Retford off North Road, will raise funds to help pay for a new boardwalk to improve access across a wet and boggy area of the site.  The project will also see the restoration of a willow tunnel that has become something of an iconic feature at the reserve - the largest site cared for by the county’s Wildlife Trust. Participants can choose a distance of either 1 mile or 6 miles and are asked to make a donation to the project on the day. There will also be a nature trail and a raffle.

The walk comes just weeks after members of the Rotary Club of Retford raised funds by hosting a ‘hoedown’ dance. Speaking about the support of the club Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust’s Head of Communications Erin McDaid said: “The backing of the Rotary for this project has made all the difference. Their drive, enthusiasm and commitment have kept us going and with their support we are confident we will raise all the money needed to complete the boardwalk. The boardwalk will make it easier for people with limited mobility, families with pushchairs and buggies and wheelchair users to enjoy the willow tunnel and prevent them having to walk along the car park access road to enjoy the rest of the nature reserve.”

The Wildlife Trust is calling on the people of Retford to back the efforts of the Rotary by joining the walk next month. Mr McDaid added: “The fun walk for all is an opportunity for regular visitors to help us raise some extra funds and provides a great way for people to come and enjoy the site for the first time.”

The reserves, which covers around 450 hectares alongside the River Idle, is a haven for wildlife and a popular spot for families to enjoy a stroll and for birdwatchers looking to see a wide range of species. The Wildlife Trust, a registered charity, runs a café and shop within the Idle Valley Rural Learning Centre which is open 7 days a week between 10am and 4pm and enjoys spectacular views across the reserve. 

For further details about the walk visit the Rotary Club’s Facebook page at

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