The Maidendale Nature and Fishing Reserve is situated on the south-eastern edge of Darlington, with housing estates on its eastern boundary and open farmland to the west.
It is the ideal place in Darlington to enjoy an interesting walk along footpaths and boardwalks through wetlands and grasslands, or sit and relax by one of the lakes. The site was established in 2002 from former agricultural land as a conservation and recreation facility created to encourage, promote and enhance sustainable recreation, nature conservation and education. it is now a Local nature reserve and a Local Wildlife Site. There are three disabled access entrances and a network of footpaths (pushchair and wheelchair friendly), pond dipping platforms and board walks.
About the Friends of Maidendale and Neighbourhood Watch
The Friends group was set up in 2011/12 to bring together a volunteer group of local residents and interested parties and promote the benefits of the Nature Reserve. The key aims of the group are to work with Darlington Borough Council Borough Council in the upkeep, maintenance and enhancement of Reserve and to improve the quality of the Nature Reserve in order to encourage greater diversity and numbers of wildlife. The group meet regularly to carry out conservation tasks, such as litter picking, repairing footpaths, scrub and meadow management.
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