A new wildlife watching hut was unveiled last weekend during an open day held at Farndon Willow Holt Nature Reserve.
The hut has replaced the much loved ‘Watch Hut’ that was burned down by vandals five years ago. The new facility is larger and far more substantial, built with fire retardant cladding and elevated on pillars, above the flood line. The new hut has been long awaited and will be well used again by the Wildlife Watch children’s group and the local community.
The nature reserve, which is managed by Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust features a traditional willow holt along the River Trent, renowned for its collection willow species. Native wildlife harbours within the many habitats including the willow woodland, marshes and water meadows.
Erin McDaid, Head of Communications & Marketing at Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust said: “The opening of this new hut marks the culmination of years of hard work by local volunteers and staff at the Wildlife Trust. The construction of the new hut would not have been possible without the fundraising efforts by volunteers and the contributions of key funders, such as Lafarge Tarmac.”
Tarmac supported the hut by donating £10,000 through the Landfill Communities Fund. This grant was approximately one third of the total budget needed to rebuild the facility.
Tim Deal, Tarmac Estate Manager, Central East said: "We are delighted to support the Farndon Wildlife Hut. The opening of the hut will enable improved accessibility of watching wildlife across the site.”
Tarmac is committed to supporting local communities, including projects through the Landfill Communities Fund.