Wednesday, 16 June 2021

Nature reserve wins cash prize thanks to volunteers

A Wargrave nature reserve has beaten off competition from six other entrants to win a £1,000 nature award.

Mumbery nature reserve was presented with the Dorothy Morley Conservation Award by the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust (BBOWT) on Wednesday last week (17) after judges praised the work carried out by a grpoup of 20 volunteers.

The reserve off Mumbery Hill has been trasnformed since The Mumbery Nature Reserve Volunteers formed in 2011. The groyup have created enviromnetnsfor wild animals such as beetles and birds, planted hedges and renovated the pond. The site is also used by the neighbouring Robert Piggott Infant School as an outdoors classroom for pupils to learn about nature.

The volunteers were given the cheuqe and a certificate by Alex Cruickshank, senior land manager at BBOWT, at a ceremony in the reserve, which was attended by members of the group, parish councillors and Wargrave residents.

Five A Day Market Garden in Englefield, which grows and sells fruit and vegetables, finished second in the award and was presented with a cheque for £500.

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