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Creating space to learn about nature


We’re supporting Burgh Angling Society and Community Nature Reserve as one of our green space Community Champions.

The site in Farlesthorpe, near Alford, is a haven for wildlife including kingfishers, adders and rare bats.

It boasts a large fishing lake which is maintained by a 12-strong committee and volunteers.

Schoolchildren love to visit and money raised for the site through the Community Champions scheme will help create a better learning space for them.

There’s currently a caravan and small toilet onsite but the committee wants an improved reception-come-education space to teach in, with disabled access and an improved toilet facility.

New recycled benches and a water borehole would also be added.

That would help water a large allotment at the site, which is hidden behind a Secret Garden style wooden door. It’s lined with fruit trees and at the far end sits a large poly tunnel.

Volunteer Colin Williams, pictured, spends six to 10 hours a day, six days a week, tending to the organic fruit and vegetables and helping maintain the site. 

Families are welcome to picnic at the reserve and see how food is grown there by Colin and other volunteers.

It’s already captured the imaginations of two of Colin’s five grandchildren.

‘They love pinching peas – they’ll ask ‘are the peas ready yet Grandad?’ he says.

The site is also home to an outdoor kiln – an echo from its past as a clay pit and booming days of brick production - although today it's much calmer and quieter. 

Committee Chairman Dave Hickman says there’s nowhere better to breathe in the fresh air and recharge.

All the green space projects being supported in June, July and August by the Community Champions scheme have plans to grow and give back to communities.

So, help us muck in to ensure green spaces like these can blossom for generations to come.

There’s still time to help by using your dividend card when you shop with us, or picking up wildflower seed packets instore for a suggested £1 donation.

You can also pop your unwanted clothing to our Salvation Army clothing banks – our share of money raised will go towards helping green spaces. 

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