Friendship ring for nature reserve

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LOCAL people are invited to a special event where they can help plan the future for one of March’s best loved nature reserves.

The meeting follows a successful event to find friends for Rings End Nature Reserve, where around 15 potential supporters were given a tour of the local nature hotspot.

Volunteers from the walk as well as new friends are invited to the come along on Tuesday, May 22, to have their say on how the reserve should be run. The event will also give them a taste of what’s involved in becoming a friend of the site.

Friends and volunteer groups have been set up by Cambridgeshire County Council at other nature reserves to preserve them for future generations and help make sure local people can help run the site.

Access to community green spaces is also seen as a key way of encouraging families and individuals to be physically active and helps improve wellbeing as well as preserving the local environment.

All are welcome at the meeting, which is taking place on Tuesday May 22, from 7pm to 9pm at Fenland Hall, March. The event is being jointly hosted by the Green Spaces team at Cambridgeshire County Council and Fenland District Council.

To help achieve the development of these groups, support will be provided by both the County and District Council in the form of technical advice, accessing funding and grants and arranging training.

The planning event will seek the views and ideas of local people about how the site is currently managed, their vision of how it could be managed in the future and what the objectives of the Friends Group might be. If possible the event will also look into forming a committee for the Friends Group.

Councillor Mac McGuire, Deputy Leader for Cambridgeshire County Council and Cabinet Member for Community Engagement, said: “Local nature reserves are not only vital to preserve the unique environment we have in Cambridgeshire but encourage families to become fit and healthy by getting out and about. I would like to thank all of those who went on the first walk and invite other interested residents to come along and find out how they can become friends of Rings End. The planning event will seek the views and ideas of local people about how the site is currently managed as well as their vision of how it could be managed in the future and what the objectives of the Friends Group might be. The views of local people really count in making sure these extremely important areas are protected for future generations.”