Latest News and Events
Welcome to our latest news and event posts. We will update this as often as possible.
February to May 2019
With thanks to our funders from LEADER (DEFRA), Natural England, Gloucestershire Environment Trust and Severn Trent we are enhancing the reserve with:
- a new 12 space car park
- gateway signs to advertise our presence
- educational lecterns around the reserve
- waymarker posts indicating the route and information about our river and meadow walks
- secure fencing around some fields and reed beds (extra sheep proofing)
- an updated informative leaflet
- Open day 8th September – We are expecting big numbers to attend our exciting open day! We have bouncy castles, barbecue, a dog show, sweats and treats, various walks and tours, a raffle… the list goes on!
- Work starts on preparing the land for the wildflower meadow in the south east fields
- Walk along the river bank, being careful not to disturb the nesting reed warblers, whitethroat and reed bunting, to pick any signs of Himalayan balsam, an invasive species that results in bank erosion.
- Quick check of the trees along the river, in the copse and the orchard to make sure they are not being overgrown by grass / weeds
- Travellers come and then they go after a short stay on the reserve. New locks fitted on the gate!
- First meeting of the Management Committee, charged with the day to day running of the reserve
- Flood Defence Consent obtained for our new bridge to be added to the south of the reserve. Now off for full planning permission
- New tractor arrives!
- Our MEP Julie Girling visits the reserve
- Volunteers plant 130 trees along the river bank and in a copse in the north east field
- School children join in to plant an orchard of apple, pear and plum trees, with the help of Gloucestershire Orchard Trust
- Presentation to the Tewkesbury Breakfast Club held at Sherdon’s Golf Course
- Team from GE give great assistance in clearing the area for a future orchard
- Meeting with Priors Park residents to discuss recent and planned works on the reserve and answer flooding concerns
- Celebrations as major funding of circa £250,000 received from Gloucestershire Environmental Trust
- Successful moth evening held lead by our local moth expert Robert Homan
August – October 2014
- Contractors fence off several fields for future grazing cattle. They cut back some hedges to make room for the fence and they pollard some of the trees
- Kissing gates delivered and installed, large enough for mobility scooters
- Successful bat evening takes place, led by Kemerton reserve’s bat expert Kate Aubury
May – August 2014
- Major works adding meanders to the river route and digging large new areas for reed beds
April – November 2014
- Volunteers get to work on the reserve, clearing entrances and cutting back overgrown branches along the whole length of the reserve
December 2013 – March 2014
- All of the reserve under water after major flooding hits Tewkesbury again. No work possible on the reserve.
- Funding from Natural England heralds the official start of the Tewkesbury Nature Reserve.