25th Mar, 2017

Cash boost for top UK nature reserve Ipsley Alders in Redditch

Correspondent 20th Mar, 2017

LOCAL nature treasure Ipsley Alders Marsh has undergone important work after being financially backed by fundraisers and Severn Waste Services.

The funding, just short of £30,000, was raised by the charity Welcome to Our Future and will be distributed by Severn Waste Services through their own environmental fund.

Ipsley Alders Marsh, nominated as one of the top nature reserves in the UK by popular BBC programme Countryfile, is one of many nature and wetland reserves to be awarded a share of the money.

The work carried out includes an extension to the existing boardwalk and the pollarding of trees to encourage growth.

Helen Woodman of the Worcester Wildlife Trust, said: “We’re absolutely thrilled that our nature reserves will receive funding on a series of really important work.

“We’ve got more than 70 wonderful sites across the county and they all take time, effort and money to make them great for wildlife and suitable for people to visit.

She said: “The money is already helping us to undertake vital conservation work such as clearing woodland rides to ensure a wide variety of flowers grow.”

Work has also taken place at Eades Meadow, one of the four National Nature Reserves in the county, near Bromsgrove.

This has included hedge cutting and crown lifting of trees to ensure maximum sunlight can reach the flowers.

There has also been a construction of a livestock handling area to facilitate improved grazing, which is essential to keeping grasses in check.

Work has also been carried out at Piper’s Hill Common (Hanbury), The Devil’s Spittleful (near Bewdley), Pound Green Common (Near Bewdley) and Tiddesley Wood in Pershore.

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