Latest News and Events
Welcome to our latest news and event posts. We will update this as often as possible.
Here is our latest news letter which you can view and also download – newsletter 2019
Tewkesbury nature reserve bags £1,000 from carrier bag charge fund
We are delighted to announce we have bagged £1,000 from a Tesco funding scheme.
Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its Bags of Help funding initiative, which sees grants – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to thousands of local community projects every year.
Millions of shoppers voted in stores up and down the country with customers choosing which local project they would like to get the top award using a token given to them at the check-out.
We have finally this year been able to use the funds as we wanted to, by meeting the primary programme outcome of ‘promoting active community participation in the development and use of outdoor spaces’. We wanted to make the reserve a haven for wildlife and a place where people could engage with nature. So we have purchased and installed at all of our entrances a welcoming sign encouraging members of the public to come and use and enjoy the reserve in a responsible way.
Bags of Help has awarded over £71 million in grants to over 23,000 community projects since launching in October 2015, and we are very grateful to Tesco for including us in their scheme.
February to May 2019
With thanks to our funders from LEADER, Natural England, Gloucestershire Environment Trust and Severn Trent we have now enhanced the reserve.
We can particularly thank the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development for funding our project – Tewkesbury Nature Reserve, tourism attractions and infrastructure
- 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, gates and viewing platforms around some fields and reed beds (extra sheep proofing)
In addition we have ourselves funded an updated informative leaflet distribution around Gloucestershire, Worcestershire and Herefordshire.
- 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.