Groundwork Thames Valley and the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead are set to benefit from a £35,552 grant from Biffa Award, a multi-million pound fund that helps to build communities and transform lives through awarding grants to community and environmental projects across the UK.
The Arthur Jacob Nature Reserve Reed Bed Restoration project, based in Horton, Berkshire, was awarded funding under Biffa Award’s Rebuilding Biodiversity theme. The project will restore a neglected pond which will provide a water source to the reserves patchwork of reed beds and meadow habitat.
The reed beds were reliant on an annual top up of water from the nearby Colne Brook but in recent years there has been low flow due to climate change and increasing demands on water supply. The alternative water source from the pond will secure the future of the habitats by reducing the reliance on Colne Brook. Improved access for visitors will also be provided through the installation of viewing platforms and a boardwalk, and interpretation will also be improved, benefitting the 2000 people that visit the site every year.
Kevin Waggott, Green Spaces Manager, Groundwork, said:
“This is a fantastic wetland habitat located in Horton near to the M25 motorway. The improvements secured by the Biffa Award grant will enable this site to be rejuvenated and thrive for the future by restoring the wetland habitat to its former glory and installing viewing platforms and boardwalks making it an oasis for birds, wildlife and people.”
Gillian French, Biffa Award Programme Manager, said:
“This project will help safeguard reed bed and meadow habitats which are important for a number of species and improve access for visitors. Biffa Award is proud to support projects that address the need to protect and restore our local natural habitats.”
Cllr Eileen Quick, cabinet member for leisure services at the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead, said:
“The Arthur Jacob Nature Reserve is a little haven on the eastern edge of the borough. Many thanks to Groundwork and Biffa Award for making this initiative happen and ensuring the reserve continues to be a great attraction to visitors and wildlife alike.”