Supporters’ groups are being set up for two nature reserves in Uckfield and a launch event where people can sign up to get involved is to be held at the Civic Centre today.
Photographs from the Hempstead Fields and West Park reserves will be on display from 10am to 4pm presenting the wide variety of plants and animals that can be seen and there will be an explanation of the objectives and structure of the supporters’ groups.
Both reserves are owned by Uckfield Town Council and the council will continue to maintain them focussing on direct environmental activities through the work of their countryside ranger.
The new supporters’ groups will have independence from the town council to plan and organise environmentally-related activity in the reserves to reach out to the community to raise awareness and encourage more involvement by residents and local groups.
Their main purposes will be to organise activities such as:
- Open days to learn about local wildlife
- Nature walks
- Educational use by schools
- Bird watching and wildlife lecures, all in partnership with the countryside ranger
- Supporting the day-to-day practical activities of the countryside ranger in caring for the natural features and habitats for wildlife.
Committees will be formed from supporters who sign up today to lead the two groups forward.
The chair of the Friends of Grosvenor and Hibert Park from Tunbridge Wells will be at today’s event to help explain the workings of their group which has similar objectives to the Uckfield supporters groups.
All members of the public are invited to go along to the Ashdown Room at Uckfield Civic Centre to discover what belonging to a supporters’ group means.
The council says the display will give an interesting insight into local nature and all that’s needed to become a supporter is commitment and enthusiasm.
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