We aim to make Rutland Water Nature Reserve accessible to all, and to achieve this objective we’d like to create a disabled access path within the newly developed Sharples Meadow. This biodiverse meadow is home to many species of wildflower, which attract a great variety of butterflies, bees and other pollinating insects to the area. Additionally the meadow provides a home for small mammals and ground nesting birds. Within Sharples Meadow there is a well-established wildlife pond, with a viewing bench where visitors can spend time observing and enjoying the local wildlife. In order for this wildlife haven to be accessible for all of our visitors, we aim to build a disabled access path leading through Sharples Meadow and encircling the wildlife pond.

This activity will involve the creation of the path from start to finish, including edging and digging the pathway, shovelling and moving stone and tamping the path. The task requires a good level of physical fitness, and participants must dress appropriately for a day of outdoor activity, bearing in mind the time of year and the day’s weather forecast. Please ensure we are aware of any health or mobility problems in advance. Walking boots and a waterproof coat are essential. We will provide all tools and PPE.

Participants should bring a packed lunch, and plenty to drink. Your team will be eating out on the reserve so we would advise picnic type food.

Your group will be led by the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust’s expert staff and volunteers, who will provide all the training and equipment you need.

This activity will take place across 2 days and is suitable for a group of 12-16 people (or a group of 24 – 32 people split across 2 days). The activity will cost £1,500.00. This is a one-off activity, so book early to avoid disappointment.

For more information contact our Community Engagement Officer via community@rutlandwater.org.uk



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