CSG Grant for Nature Reserve Attraction

24 March 2016 by Daryl Tunningley

A £20,000 grant from CSG will help to improve facilities for visitors with wheelchairs, mobility scooters and pushchairs at the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust’s Testwood Lakes Nature Reserve.

The grant, funded through the Landfill Communities Fund, will pay for upgraded paths, boardwalks and entrances for people with limited mobility. A further £2,000 has been donated by Hampshire County Council.

The proposed improvements have been developed in consultation with local groups who use the Totton reserve, which is managed by the Wildlife Trust in partnership with Southern Water.

Martin de Retuerto, the Trust’s Area Head, said:  “We’ve always been keen to share the benefits of our nature reserves with more people. The Trust is a charity so it is thanks to this funding and input from local users, that we’re able to invest in improvements to make Testwood Lakes nature reserve more accessible to those with limited mobility.”

The Landfill Communities Fund programme is a scheme which redistributes landfill tax to environmental and community projects.CSG operates its Pound Bottom landfill facility at Redlynch near Salisbury.