The charity has announced that its application for a £750,000 grant has been successful, giving the appeal a massive boost and moving it within sight of the £1million target.
The campaign to secure the future of the reserve, which has been managed by Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust for over 50 years, was launched following the end of commercial sand and gravel extraction which helped shape the site for almost a century.
Having agreed to purchase the site, which the charity feels is in its DNA and which provides a safe haven for over 1,000 species including otters and bitterns, the wildlife trust was keen to reach its ambitious funding goal as quickly as possible.
The public response to the appeal has already been amazing with over £130,000 donated in just 12 days. And, the news that the charity is set to receive the highest possible grant from Biffa Award, as part of the Landfill Communities Fund, has given it renewed confidence that its long-term goal of owning the site, which attracts over half a million visitors a year, is in reach.
Speaking about the substantial £750,000 grant from Biffa Award, Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust Chief Executive Paul Wilkinson said: “Nowhere connects people and wildlife like Attenborough Nature Reserve and when the opportunity to purchase the site presented itself, we knew we had to act quickly. Raising the £1million needed to buy and invest in the site is a tall order for a charity of our size - so to get this amazing news from Biffa Award after receiving such a wonderful initial response from the public is fantastic.”