Thursday, 14 December 2017

Volunteers bid for award after reviving village nature reserve

VOLUNTEERS at Mumbery Nature Reserve in Wargrave are in line for an award.

Officials from the Dorothy Morley Conservation Award visited the site at Mumbery Hill to assess the work carried out over the last three years.

The annual award is presented to groups that involve the local community in managing green spaces such as fields or waterways and has a first prize of a £1,000 grant for their project. The runner-up receives £500. The Mumbery volunteers built a pond, created grass paths and planted trees, bushes and flowers.

Areas of the reserve have been dedicated to encouraging wildlife with refuges for small mammals and reptiles.The group aims to make the reserve, which is owned by Wargrave Parish Council, a suitable venue for community activities such as picnics and school trips.

Volunteer Ian Bradley said: “Everybody has been working very hard in the run-up to the awards people visiting.

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