04.05.2016 - Locals get closer to Wildlife thanks to Mick George Ltd
Local business Mick George Ltd has helped create a new ‘visitor hub’ at RSPB Fen Drayton Lakes nature reserve.
The RSPB are celebrating the completion of its new visitor welcome shelter at Fen Drayton Lakes nature reserve, near Swavesey. The shelter and a new viewing area adjacent to the Cambridgeshire Guided Busway, providing visitors and passing commuters elevated views across Elney Lake towards the villages of Fen Drayton and Fenstanton, were funded by a generous grant of £31,670 from the Mick George Community Fund.
The shelter provides a welcome point and meeting place for the reserve and a place for people to gather while planning their visit. Maps, wildlife information, news and self-guided family activities are all available at the custom-built, green-roofed oak structure. It also provides a base from which RSPB staff and volunteers can meet and greet visitors.
Dave Hoccom, Area Manager for Beds, Cambs & The Fens, commented: “We are delighted to now have this striking new focal point at the heart of the reserve, from which we can welcome our visitors and we are grateful for the support from Mick George Ltd to allow us to fulfill this project. This is a significant step in the development of the reserve as a key attraction in the local green infrastructure network and place where local communities can explore the landscape and wildlife of the Great Ouse”.
The project forms part of the wider Ouse Washes Landscape Partnership Scheme, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. This partnership brings together a range of organisations working to inspire strong community involvement and provide long term social, economic and environmental benefits to this rural area.
Jon Stump, Finance Director at Mick George Ltd said: ‘’The nature reserve is an integral part of the local landscape, enjoyed by children and families for recreational purpose, as well as keen conservationists, all of whom will benefit from the new hub.’’
‘’We’re pleased to have been involved in the project to enhance the experience for those visiting the site. I think all would agree it is a welcome addition and the carefully designed structure adds to the picturesque setting. It was good partnering the RSPB, a respected charity, in giving something back to the local community.’’