Access to nature reserve gets £50,000 boost

A DEARNE Valley nature reserve will be able to welcome visitors in more style after being handed a £50,000 to improve access.

RSPB Old Moor was allocated the grant from the FCC Communities Foundation.

It will be used to resurface pathways along the Green Lane part of the reserve to make it fully accessible, and to create a new wildlife viewing bridge.

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The Pathways to Nature project will also include new seating areas and interpretation boards to teach visitors about the site and its history.

Jayne Wood, project manager at RSPB Old Moor, said the improvements will make a huge difference to the visitor experience.

“This project will provide a real boost to Old Moor and the local community,” she said.

“It’s fantastic that FCC Communities Foundation has awarded us this money and we’re really looking forward to Green Lane taking shape over the coming months.

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“The current facilities are suitable for our core audience of experienced birdwatchers and nature photographers, but do not meet the needs of new audiences — people who are new to wildlife watching, families with children, and less mobile people — who tend to avoid Green Lane.

“The new infrastructure will help us provide more volunteering opportunities and nature-themed activities, including guided walks, self-guided nature trails, and practical reserve management.”

FCC Communities Foundation is a not-for-profit business that awards grants for community projects through the Landfill Communities Fund.

Spokesperson Penny Horne said: “We’re delighted to be supporting the RSPB Old Moor nature reserve: Pathways to Nature project and pleased our funding will improve the access and overall visitor experience to this beautiful site.

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“FCC Communities Foundation is always happy to consider grant applications for projects that make a difference to local communities and we're really looking forward to seeing this one take shape soon.”

Green Lane lies at the heart of Old Moor, offering views of the site, its wildlife, and the wider landscape.

Jayne said it was the best place from which to tell the reserve's story and its significance for nearby residents and nature.


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