Nature reserve wins fourth award to become one of the best open spaces in the UK

August 02 2016

CONSERVATION volunteers have won their fourth consecutive award for the Wapley Bushes local nature reserve and orchard in Yate.

Wapley Bushes

CONSERVATION volunteers have won their fourth consecutive award for the Wapley Bushes local nature reserve and orchard in Yate.
The area was the only site in South Gloucestershire to be recognised in this year’s Green Flag Award scheme, which is run by the environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy.
But it was one of a record 1,686 winners in the UK to be highlighted as one of the best parks and green spaces in the country.
Wapley Bushes Conservation Group manages the site on behalf of Dodington Parish Council.
Parish councillor and group member, Paul Hulbert, said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive the award for the fourth year running.
“This award recognises and highlights that people in Dodington parish and the surrounding area are benefitting from a green space of the very highest quality.
“Our reserve is a mixture of flower-rich meadows, ancient woodland and younger plantations. We have managed it since 1992 and work closely with the Southwold group of the Wildlife Trust and with South Gloucestershire Council, which provides us with very valuable advice and support.”
Fellow committee member Tim Fairhead said: “We aim for sustainable management of the reserve. We do not use pesticides or fertiliser and practice traditional woodland management techniques such as coppicing.”
As well as being a popular location for local people of all ages to visit and enjoy, the site is also used for school environmental lessons.
The conservation group organises regular volunteer workdays and events at the reserve, commissioning work such as hedgelaying and pond reconstruction with the help of environmental grants.
The next event will be a bat walk on Friday, September 9, at 7.30pm, which is expected to be popular with families.
Although it has a team of volunteers, including residents, Wildlife Trust members and local councillors, to call on, new helpers are always welcome.
Anyone interested should visit www.wapley.blogspot.com to find out about volunteering and future events or call Mr Hulbert on 01454 315851.