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Help bag a grant for Holbeach nature site




Shoppers at Tesco stores across South Holland could help to fund improvements at Holbeach’s Fishpond Lane Nature Reserve.

Holbeach Parish Council is bidding for a Tesco Bags of Help grant of between £1,000 and £4,000 to pay for new signage and expand a viewing platform for visitors to the site.

Parish councillors are hoping to get cash from the retailer's community funding scheme, run on its behalf by environmental charity Groundwork.

Fishpond Lane Nature Reserve is one of three groups shortlisted to receive a cash award, with shoppers able to decided which cause should be awarded the top grant of £4,000.

Holbeach parish councillors Martin Howard, Graham and Carol Rudkin, with Coun Rita Rudkin, at Fishpond Lane Nature Reserve, Holbeach. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG151012-113TW. (1941117)
Holbeach parish councillors Martin Howard, Graham and Carol Rudkin, with Coun Rita Rudkin, at Fishpond Lane Nature Reserve, Holbeach. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG151012-113TW. (1941117)

Coun Paul Foyster, vice chairman of Holbeach Parish Council, said: "Fishpond Lane Nature Reserve has been on the Holbeach map since the late 18th century.

Coun Paul Foyster, vice chairman of Holbeach Parish Council (1941290)
Coun Paul Foyster, vice chairman of Holbeach Parish Council (1941290)

"It is such a well-used part of the town and as Holbeach grows, the need to make the area more accessible for residents is an important part of catering for the town, both now and in the future.

"The improvements to the floor space will mean easier access for families and schools alike, something which the support of shoppers voting in the Bags of Help scheme will be able to make happen.”

Fishpond Lane Nature Reserve started life as just mere brick pits in the late 1700s until it was adopted by the Parish Council in the 1960s.

Since then, the site has been developed by volunteer groups, such as Holbeach in Bloom whose member filled the planters along the fencing, and individual residents alike.

"The site is host to a variety of different wildlife, including ducks and terrapins.

Voting is open at the Tesco Superstore in Boston Road South, Holbeach, until June 30 before which customers can cast their vote using a token given to them at the checkout each time they shop.

Alec Brown, head of community for Tesco, said: "There are some fantastic projects on the shortlist and we can not wait to see these come to life in hundreds of communities across the UK.”



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