We've just learnt that we've been awarded £5,000 from the National Grid to improve access to the North end pond and wildlife project. This is the area adjacent to the old gasworks decontamination site, which Mary Robinson and Robin Nichols cleared and turned into a wildlife area. They arranged for the a pond to be scooped out by Kevin O'Brien, later lined by Russet Developments - both as sponsorship in kind. Mary and Robin, later joined by Ron Cox, have developed the wild life area still further - Robin building bat and bird boxes and an owl box as well as a bug hotel. The very successful visit from Russell St Primary School pupils a few months ago suggested to them that better access would help - in particular - a little path with railings. Happily, help was in sight!
We wrote to the National Grid a couple of years ago about the unsightliness of the decontamination site at this important entrance to the town, and they let us know that it was possible to apply for a grant to make up for inconvenience.
We put in the bid, and to our delight, we were awarded £5,000, which we feel sure will be sufficient to improve access to the pond considerably.
Dominic Harris is working on a plan, and the work can soon begin.