The Tees Valley Wildlife Trust and the Friends of Drinkfield Marsh are delighted to announce it has bagged the maximum grant award of £12,000 from a Tesco funding scheme for their project to restore wetland habitats at the Drinkfield Marsh in Darlington.
Water voles, amphibians and kingfishers are all set to benefit from the restoration work that will now take place at the popular Drinkfield Marsh Nature Reserve in Darlington. The work will restore a beck that has become overgrown with reeds, replace two old weirs and bring back to life two small ponds by removing silt. A new viewing platform will be built enabling visitors to the nature reserve to observe wildlife.
Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch the second round of its Bags of Help funding initiative, which sees grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to local outdoor community projects. Millions of shoppers voted in stores up and down the country. And it can now be revealed that Drinkfield Marsh project has been awarded the top prize of £12,000. Funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Darlington Borough Council will also be invested into the initiative.
Roger Crowther, chairman of the Friends of Drinkfield volunteer group said: “We are chuffed to bits by the outcome. Thanks go to all the people who took the trouble to visit Tesco and voted. This is a magnificent example of the community coming together to make a difference and we have been overwhelmed by the enthusiasm and support shown for the project. Now the hard work begins to make a significant improvement to Drinkfield Marsh Nature Reserve for wildlife.”
Dr Sue Antrobus of Tees Valley Wildlife Trust said: “Winning of the competition reflects how much local people enjoy visiting this tranquil urban green oasis in Darlington. We will be organising wildlife watching events once the restoration work has been completed so that people can learn about its special wildlife.”
Councillor Nick Wallis, Darlington Borough Council’s Cabinet member for Leisure and the Local Environment, added: “We’re delighted that so many local residents supported the bid for funding by voting and look forward to working with the Friends and Tees Valley Wildlife Trust to improve this popular nature reserve.”
About Drinkfield Marsh
Drinkfield Marsh is a peaceful wildlife haven surrounded by housing and industry and is located to the north of Darlington. The 8 hectare (20 acre) site managed as a local nature reserve. The Friends of Drinkfield Marsh are a friendly and active volunteer group of local people who work hard to ensure that the Nature Reserve remains an important, attractive and well managed place for all ages to safely visit. The group has members of all ages who take part in conservation tasks, litter picks and monitoring the site. More info here http://www.tvgreenplaces.co.uk/place/friends-of-drinkfield-marsh/.