The past month has seen the Tice's Meadow Biodiversity Trail begin to take shape. The effort put in by our volunteers has been amazing, as has the support we've received from local businesses and the wider community. Conditions on site have been very challenging to work in, with the paths and track impassable at times due to the mud.
March 24th saw 13 volunteers spend the whole day working on site, supported by our friends from P.C. Landscapes. A herculean effort saw the installation of 13 waymarker posts, 2 oak benches and 2 log benches. The Bells Piece Wildflower Meadow was rotavated and woodchips spread on the paths in preparation for the Badshot Lea Community Easter Trail.
Over 2 weeks in mid-April, the rangers and volunteers from the Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership installed two new bridges over the River Blackwater, working in difficult conditions, and to a tight deadline. The new bridges allow access to a previously undervisited area of site, which lies on the Biodiversity Trail.
On April 21st, a team of volunteers, again assisted by P.C. Landscapes, built earth ramps at each end of one of the new bridges. These ramps, together with the newly installed RADAR gate, will allow much easier access to site by visitors with impaired mobility - a key aim of the Tice's Meadow Bird Group.
The past month has also seen the designs of our signage and interpretation panels finished and sent for manufacturing - we expect to have them put up on site very soon.