Build it and they will come(even though it’s pouring with rain!)
Friday 11th September 2015 was fine and sunny. So was Sunday 13th. But the 12th, the Saturday of Hirst Wood Nature Reserve grand opening, dawned showery and seemed to save its heaviest downfalls for around 1pm when Chris Tate of the Telegraph & Argus cut the ribbon.But in some ways it turned out to be symbolically right because, just as Hirst Wood Regeneration Group and the many volunteers created this amazing resource against all the odds out of a boggy, overgrown field, so the public responded by turning up in large numbers to welcome the nature reserve despite getting a soaking. And it was clear, especially as the clouds parted and the sun came out, they loved what they saw.
Pauline Bradley-Sharp, secretary HWRG and Sandra Angadi, chair of the group, either side of Chris Tate as he declares the nature reserve openPhoto: The Conservation Volunteers
Photo Gallery of Hirst Wood Nature Reserve Opening(click on a thumbnail to enlarge it or to start a slide show)
We’ve something to celebrate, let’s put out the bunting
We need some gazebos. Now which bit goes where?
As ever, none of it is possible without our wonderful volunteers
Never mind the weather, let’s celebrate the opening of a stunning community resource