A parish council is calling on volunteers to help them with the upkeep of a Reed Pond Nature Reserve, which they are hoping to save from developers in Lambley.
The Reed Pond Nature Reserve is currently run by Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust, who had intended to sell it off due to ‘lack of funds to maintain it going forward’.
There were fears the popular site could be sold to developers and used as land for housing, but Lambley Parish Council told Gedling Eye they have agreed a price to safeguard the nature reserve.
Lambley Parish Council chairman Lawrence Milbourn said: “The Parish Council has met with the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust and has agreed a price to purchase the land to ensure that it is safeguarded as a natural habitat for use by the village and the wider community. We are currently in the process of applying for grant funding to facilitate the purchase.
“Once the Parish Council own the land, we will be looking for volunteers to help with its upkeep and we have already had a wonderful response from the community in this regard with people over social media and at local events expressing a willingness to help.”
Sherwood MP Mark Spencer is one of the high-profile people who has been lobbying to keep the site as a nature reserve.
Back in May he told Gedling Eye: “I am reassured that Reed Pond in particular is not for development and that NWT are assuring me that they want the site to stay in use for public enjoyment.”
Gedling Eye has approached Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust for a comment.