As we come out of lockdown, there has never been a better time to create a new public space and provide access to an area rich in nature. We are absolutely delighted that the Severn Trent Community Fund have agreed to fund our ‘Access to Nature project’ with an award of £23,949. The project will take place between May 2021 and April 2022 and will include:
- opening up a new permissive path under the viaduct;
- sowing of species rich grassland to attract insects and butterflies;
- planting 400 metres of mixed species hedgerows;
- planting disease resistant elm and fruit trees;
- installing bat boxes and bug hotels;
- installing an otter holt;
- installing a boardwalk to protect areas of wet grassland.
The picture shows Sue Heyes from Severn Trent talking to BBC East Midlands about their support. The picture was taken on the late May volunteer day. The work will be carried out through the established Friends of Bennerley Viaduct volunteer programme. Our thanks go to the Severn Trent Community Fund for such outstanding support. You can find out more on the Severn Trent Community Fund website here.