Avon Wildlife Trust offer facilities to disabled children

AVON Wildlife Trust has transformed a former derelict piece of land in the Avon Gorge into an engaging wildlife habitat called the ‘People’s Nature Reserve’ with the help of Wooden Spoon Bristol and Bath.

Avon Wildlife Trust’s aim is to excite and inspire more than 13,000 local children about nature, but the lack of suitable facilities in Bristol prevented disadvantaged and disabled groups from participating.

As the largest local charity working to protect wildlife in the West of England, they contacted Wooden Spoon Bristol and Bath for a grant to help turn its new nature reserve into a site of learning and education for children of all abilities.

Wooden Spoon’s regional volunteer committee were able to provide a grant of £5,000 to fund new disabled toilets, shelter and an indoor learning space to make the site accessible for all. The work took 2 years to complete and with the help of local volunteers saw the derelict site transform into a natural paradise with trees, a bat hotel, a pond and a bee corridor.

The People’s Nature Reserve was officially opened by architect and TV star Kevin McCloud, wildlife broadcaster Simon King and Bristol Mayor George Ferguson.

Andrew Sheridan, Chairman of Wooden Spoon Bristol & Bath who attended the opening said: ‘”We were delighted to make a donation of £5,000 that contributed to the building of a shelter and learning space with dedicated facilities which enables disabled children and young people to come and enjoy this amazing space.”

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