One day left to pledge to Grove Park project to build nature reserve

PUBLISHED: 17:00 27 February 2018

The Friends of Grove Park.

The Friends of Grove Park.

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A nature reserve could be created in Weston-super-Mare’s Grove Park, but time is running out for the final £2,000 to be raised.

The Friends of Grove Park. Picture: Peter Elston The Friends of Grove Park. Picture: Peter Elston

The Friends of Grove Park group launched in 2016 to spruce up the park, in High Street, as volunteers felt it had been neglected.

The group wants to raise £10,929 to create a mini nature reserve in a fenced-off part of the park around the pond at the top.

But the deadline is at 11.59pm tomorrow (Wednesday) and if it cannot reach the target, then it will not get anything.

MORE: Pledge a donation to the Grove Park project.

The Friends of Grove Park. Picture: Peter Elston The Friends of Grove Park. Picture: Peter Elston

It is working with Osprey Outdoors, which uses the environment to help people learn skills, to create a bug palace over the next few weekends.

But the bug palace fits into a larger plan for the park.

Johnny Boxshall, from the Friends of Grove Park, said: “The top pond is in need of a lot of attention. We want to turn it into a mini nature reserve as we saw it as a great location to enhance nature and build biodiversity.

“The plan is to make it beautiful, rather than a sad little thing in the corner.”

The Friends of Grove Park. Picture: Peter Elston The Friends of Grove Park. Picture: Peter Elston

The pond is home to newts, frogs, and insects but because plants have died in that area, animals have lost their habitats.

The group hopes by replanting the area around the pond, it will encourage wildlife to return, and draw a larger range of insects and birds to Grove Park.

The funding bid, which was made on a crowdfunding website promoted by North Somerset Council, contains plans to install signs which would explain the importance of biodiversity, and show what animals people can see in the park.

The council pledged £750 to the scheme, while the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, which supports projects which aim to improve people’s quality of life, offered £3,000.

Even without the funding, work to build a bug palace will start this weekend.

The friends and Osprey Outdoors are inviting people to the park on Saturday, and on March 9, 10, 16 and 17 to join in with the construction project and build bird boxes for the park and to take home.

Hedgehog houses will also be made, and people can drop-in from 11am-3pm to help.

Johnny said: “If people come along, there will always be something for people to get involved in.”

For more information, call 07973 676767.

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