Durham Wildlife Trust has carried out a programme of work to improve access to the Herrington Hill nature reserve near Sunderland.
Work undertaken included, installing a water supply so the Trust can graze the reserve with cattle and sheep in order to maintain and improve the rare grassland habitat there. Improvement to public access was also a big part of the project and pedestrian gates have been installed to help with access.
Chris Jones, Living Landscapes Officer, with assistance from volunteers, created safer access for dropping off and picking up livestock for the grazier and for volunteers and staff when carrying out work on the site through the creation of a hardstanding area that is separated from the rest of the site through stock fencing.
A double field gate was also installed to make it easier for vehicles to access the reserve. Much of the maintenance work on the site is carried out by volunteers and Chris Jones, Living Landscapes Officer, said: “Volunteers play a key role in managing the reserve, for example keeping encroaching scrub in check, controlling creeping thistle and maintaining the fences and gates.
“Prior to the works there was no parking area on site so volunteers had to carry tools and equipment a long way as well as crossing a busy road.
“There was also no access for visitors to enjoy the reserve and the current set up made it difficult for the grazier to drop off and pick up the livestock on what is a busy road.”
The Trust received £4,141 from E. ON Great Eppleton Wind Farm Community Benefits Fund to deliver the project.
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