LOCALS ARE being urged to help raise money to improve access at the popular Dovestone Reservoir in Greenfield.
Dovestone has launched a Crowdfunder website – a first for the RSPB – where the public, groups or businesses can donate towards improving access for all at Binn Green car park on the A635.
A recent access audit by the RSPB Reserves Area Manager Roy Taylor, a wheelchair user, and Experience Community Director, Craig Grimes, highlighted more could be done to improve access there and to allow exploration off the beaten track.
A 2.5mile circular trail is already a fantastic place for families, wheelchair users and those with mobility impairments to explore but the RSPB wants to make access even better.
While staff and a team of dedicated volunteers are working hard to achieve some of these aspirations, additional funding is needed to turn the plans into a reality.
Miriam Biran, RSPB Visitor Experience Manager at Dove Stone, said: “We are really excited about this project.
“If we can raise the funds needed we will be able to extend the path to the viewpoint, offering one of the best views across the reserve.
“It will also make access to the bird feeding area far more inclusive, so everyone has a chance to get close up to the wildlife that calls this place home.”
Miriam added: “We are asking folk to think about people in their own lives who enjoy the countryside, who would love to get closer to nature and who would benefit from this work, to consider supporting the project through Crowdfunding.”
For more information and to make a donation towards the project, visit the Crowdfunder website: www.crowdfunder.co.uk/access-for-all-at-dove-stone
For those thinking of visiting Dovestone for the first time as a wheelchair user or with young children, an access video is available on the reserve’s website: www.rspb.org.uk/dovestone
Dovestone Reservoir is owned by United Utilities who works in partnership with the RSPB, who manage the estate to encourage public access and recreation, while protecting water quality and wildlife for future generations.