Nurturing nature

Community Dividend donation of �5000 to the Friends of Belper Parks for hedging and fencing for the Wildflower Meadow .... Sally Fisher (Secretary of Friends of Belper Parks) and local store manager Oliver Buxton, also pictured David Fisher (Chairman), Matthew Fisher, Eileen Clennell (Member) & Ray meads (Treasurer)
Community Dividend donation of �5000 to the Friends of Belper Parks for hedging and fencing for the Wildflower Meadow .... Sally Fisher (Secretary of Friends of Belper Parks) and local store manager Oliver Buxton, also pictured David Fisher (Chairman), Matthew Fisher, Eileen Clennell (Member) & Ray meads (Treasurer)

A NATURE reserve is set to blossom after £5,000 worth of fencing and hedging was completed.

Belper Parks - which acts as a ‘wild’ play area for local children - has been transformed since the Friends of Belper Parks sowed a five-acre wildflower meadow.

To ensure the area was sustainably maintained it was decided to allow cattle to graze in the autumn - which meant the area had to be enclosed.

And following a donation from Midlands Co-operative Society, the area which is managed, maintained and improved by the Friends of Belper Parks, the work went ahead.

David Fisher, from Friends of Belper Parks, said: “This will help with our vision to return Belper Parks to a place where its native flora and fauna will flourish, growing both in number and diversity, and provide a breathing place in the middle of an increasingly urbanised town.”