The Coldwell Project...
...Our New Reserve
Now that we have made our purchase of two new meadows at Coldwell, our focus is going to be on developing this acquisition as a single new reserve and working to integrate it with our other reserves at Coldwell and develop better connections with the adjacent reserve owned by the RSPB. And, of course, in order to secure the land as ours into the future, we will need to repay the money that we have borrowed.
Our Growing Our Reserves appeal has been launched to support not only our exciting new project at Coldwell, but also to provide a sound financial underpinning to our work across all of our reserves.
What's special about it?
You may be wondering what made us feel that the land at Coldwell was so special that we simply had to buy it when that opportunity arose. Here are just a few of its special features that made it such an essential acquisition for the Trust. Just click on the title of any of these articles to read them.
As this article explains, the new land occupies a crucial location in relation to our own and neighbouring reserves.
Read this article to learn more about the strategic value of the new land in enabling us to do more joining up for nature.
This article tells of the exceptional quality that the new land already has and its potential for further improvement.
What are our plans for it?
Our precise plans for the new land are still very much in development but we have some definite ideas about what we would like to do. And what we’ll need to spend money on to put these ideas into action.
Our plans for new permissive bridleways and paths will involve way-marking, ground preparation and the purchase and installation of at least six new rider-friendly gates. Your donations will be crucial for funding this work.
The meadow quality of our new land is already exceptional. With careful management we can improve them even more. This need not be expensive but it will be time consuming as well as hard work for our reserve volunteers.
We shall need to buy trees for hedging as well as to soften our boundary lines and provide screening in some sections of the meadows. In addition, we shall, in due course, need to pay for professional hedge-laying, as well as new stock fences and so on. Individual trees may be inexpensive, but even small expenditures quickly mount up.
What's it called?
Well, that is a very good question and one we'd like to answer!
The land we have purchased seems to have been known by various names over the years, all of which have now fallen out of use and memory.
We would therefore like a new name for the reserve and we would like one that reflects its unique character in the local landscape and which also brings it firmly into the fold of our other reserves at Coldwell.
So, what should that be?
We invite you to offer suggestions for what we should call our new Coldwell reserve.
Please use this form to send your suggestion for a name for the new reserve.
(We are sorry to disappoint, but Grassy McGrassface has already been ruled out as an option.)
Take a look at the articles that follow to help you to come up with the ideal name for the new reserve. And don’t forget to check back here regularly for fresh articles and updates about the progress of the project from our reserves team.
Learn more about it
There is lots more to learn about the new reserve, as you can see!