£34K grant to make improvements for visitors at Fairburn Ings

The RSPB has been given a grant of more then �34,000.
The RSPB has been given a grant of more then �34,000.

Pathways at Fairburn Ings Nature Reserve will be improved after the RSPB secured a grant of more than £34,000.

Access to the path is currently along a rough track that is difficult for people in wheelchairs, those with mobility issues and parents with prams to use.

And the path also becomes difficult to use after rain.

But now the funds from the Veolia Environmental Trust will pay for new paths and fencing to improve visitor’s access to the reserve.

Site Manager at RSPB Fairburn Ings Darren Starkey said: “We are very grateful to the Veolia Environmental Trust for awarding us this grant.

“The footpath improvements and associated works will enable all our visitors to explore every part of our beautiful nature reserve and discover the wildlife that makes its home here.”

The improved access will allow visitors to see breeding skylarks, meadow pipits and wildflowers.

The area is also home to thriving populations of bees and butterflies.

Veolia Environmental Trust provides 25 grants to community and environmental projects across England, worth more than £989,000.

Executive Director of The Veolia Environmental Trust Paul Taylor said:“The RSPB needs to be congratulated on securing this grant in a very competitive environment.

“It is clear that this project will make a real difference to the reserve and its visitors and I look forward to hearing about work starting.”

Funding for the grant comes from the Landfill Communities Fund tax credit scheme.

Created in 1996 the fund has provided more than £1.3 billion for more than 51,000 projects across the UK.

Landfill Operators are able to donate to environmental bodies who can then use the money for community and environmental projects.

RSPB Fairburn Ings is a former coal mining area that has been transformed into a nature reserve containing a range of habitats.

Due to the reserve having an energy site owned by Veolia located nearby it was eligible for the grant.

Details of the improvements are currently being finalised before the work can begin.