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New developments at the Kenwith Valley Nature Reserve

Kenwith Valley L-R Cllr Christie, Jane Vanstone, Mike Towns, Cllr Johns

With the help of a grant of nearly £8,000 from Torridge District Council's Community Grant Scheme, Friends of Kenwith Valley have been hard at work this summer improving access at the Kenwith Local Nature Reserve in Bideford.

Carrying on from the legacy left by the late Councillor Alan Whittle a brand new all-weather path has been created around the reedbed lake, making access safer and easier and enabling more people than ever to enjoy the beautiful tranquillity and wildlife of the reserve.

Half a dozen hardy members of the group, supervised by Jane Vanstone, gave up their weekend time to help create the path. Jane said "Local people have been very appreciative of the work we've done and more and more people are using the path and enjoying their walks in this wonderful place."

As well as the path, Friends have produced a full-colour nature trail leaflet with a generous grant from the Tesco Bags of Help Scheme. The trail takes you around the reserve and points out some of the fascinating plants, animals and habitats found there. And the grant is also enabling Friends to produce special worksheets for children and schools.

Jane Vanstone said:

"The Kenwith Reserve has so much to offer, and Friends hopes that the work we've been doing will get people out to see what a marvelous wildlife and educational resource the reserve can be. The money from the Council along with the donation from Tesco has been an important part of the ongoing work to enhance the site for residents and visitors"

Bideford Councillor Trevor Johns said:

"The addition of an all weather path at the Nature Reserve has created a much more accessible and safer environment for people to enjoy this hidden gem in Bideford. The reserve is already a vibrant place for people and families to come and explore and the grant money has been put to good use by the many volunteers giving up their own time to work on the project. They are to be congratulated for the splendid job they have done"

27 October 2017