29.06.2016 - Rare Fledglings set to arrive at Nene Park thanks to Mick George Ltd
Nene Park, the popular visitor attraction in Peterborough which offers a range of opportunities for relaxation and recreation in a wide variety of landscapes and wildlife habitats throughout its sites has received a major cash injection from local business Mick George Ltd to support its ‘Meadows and Martins’ initiative.
Having realigned its strategy in 2009 with a revitalised 2020 vision, registered Charity Nene Park Trust has been actively implementing gradual change focused on Landscape, Community, Recreation and Promotion to make the amenity a more exciting, special and welcoming destination.
The funds provided by Mick George Ltd will be utilised on two separate but connected wildlife improvements.
In 2014 a trial was carried out whereby 36 chambers were installed, resulting in 60 fledglings on site, the first in over 30 years. The aim is to double the number of chambers, whilst installing live footage to the Visitor Centre to educate visitors and allow conservation monitoring. In addition, due to the increased scale of the Wildlife Meadows, specialist equipment is required to maintain the grassland area.
Adrian Oates, Head of Fundraising at Nene Park Trust said: ‘’ We are delighted to have been awarded funding from the Mick George Community Fund to go towards our sand martin conservation work in Ferry Meadows County Park, Peterborough. We extend our warm thanks to Mick George for giving us the opportunity to undertake this important work’’
It is anticipated that the changes will increase the sighting and breeding of rare Sand Martins, as well as wider species diversification of invertebrates, birds and mammals.
Jon Stump, Finance Director of Mick George Ltd commented: ‘’Nene Park has a rich heritage in the local region, one which we’re pleased to be involved in, with a view to preserving. The south of the Peterborough is under going major developments, which will subsequently attract a larger and new population to the City, for which attractions such as Nene Park will be a vital factor.’’
Stump continued: ‘’The Charity should be congratulated on its pro-activity to enhance the facilities in a strategic manner with the local community as the main focal-point. Given that the park is self-funded, it relies on support from like minded businesses like ourselves which we’re always keen to support.’’