We are delighted to be able to report that our two Local Nature Reserves have gained the Green Flag Community Award for 2011/2012. This was previously known as the Green Pennant Award and as you know we have now received this for three consecutive years. We were proud to be the first site in Broxtowe to receive this award in 2009 and to have completed a hat-trick is extremely satisfying.

One of the factors that impressed the judge was that we have maintained a membership of over 50 during the 12 years of our existence. On behalf of your committee thank you all for your contined support.

We would also like to thank Broxtowe Borough Council, particularly Chris Riley, for all the help and advice we have received from them again this year. Just to give one example of this, the judge was very impressed with the clearance of large areas within the circular path on Alexandrina Plantation LNR. We know this caused some residents concern when the work was carried out for us by the Council, but to quote from the judge “it is very important to maintain a mosaic of varied habitats to allow different small mammals, birds and butterflies to benefit from the area”.

It is vital that we continue our efforts in clearing litter, cutting back vegetation from pathways, maintaining and improving the wildflower areas and, above all, being aware that this site is one that can safely be enjoyed by all the local community as well as being beneficial to wildlife.

The Friends are always looking for extra pairs of hands to help out or to simply support their work, so...

  • to find out when the next work session will take place, click here, or
  • to find out about becoming a member please contact us here, or
  • to discover what goes into managing the sites click here.

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