News and Projects that the Trust Has Funded
Safer Access For Herefordshire Beauty Spot
One of Herefordshire’s most significant natural sites has been refreshed to provide better public access.
Birches Farm Nature Reserve is home to some of the country’s rarest and most iconic grassland species and is recognised as a Site of Special Scientific Interest. To allow more visitors to safely enjoy the site, the Herefordshire Wildlife Trust has carried out a range of improvement works, part-funded with a £7,000 grant from the Kingspan Insulation Community Trust.
The original entrance to the Reserve was situated near a bend in the A4111 near Kington. To provide better sight-lines for drivers entering and exiting the site,the Herefordshire Wildlife Trust chose to move the entrance northwards to a straighter section of road. This work included the removal of a small oak tree, seeding and verge repairs and the installation of a new entrance gate. A new visitor interpretation panel has also been added, providing information about the history of the site and its native species. The nature reserve is now open to visitors every day with guided walks and other events being planned for the coming months.
James Hitchcock from the Herefordshire Wildlife Trust, commented:
“We are delighted to be able to offer improved access to Birches Farm Nature Reserve. Visitors of all ages can now come and safely enjoy this stunning patchwork of meadowland and hedgerows whilst learning about the unusual species it contains.”
Kingspan Insulation Community Trust Chairman, John Garbutt, commented:
“It is vital that natural habitats such as the Birches Farm Nature Reserve are not only carefully conserved but, where possible, also opened up for people to visit. The Community Trust was extremely happy to support this application which meets several of our key objectives.”
Anyone within the catchment areas of Wigmore High School, Lady Hawkins’ School, Earl Mortimer College in Herefordshire and Tenbury High Ormiston Academy in Worcestershire, and the Parish of Sherburn-in-Elmet in North Yorkshire can apply for funding from the Kingspan Insulation Community Trust. Projects requiring funding must meet at least one of the Trust’s four objectives which cover conservation, encouraging biodiversity, health and fitness of young people, and road safety. There is no limit to the number of applications that can be submitted.
Application forms, and details of other local projects involving the Trust, can be viewed on the website: www.KingspanInsulationCommunityTrust.org