Buckingham Railway Walk Conservation Volunteers (RWCV) have received a grant of £3,000 from Heart of Bucks Community Foundation, a grant-giving registered charity, committed to making a difference to the lives of local people.
The RWCV are a wildlife conservation group in Buckingham, maintaining a wildlife corridor along the western end of Buckingham along an old train line, discontinued in the 1960s. The area is a series of ponds, created as nature-friendly wet spaces, alongside glades, an orchard and raised bridges. The conservation project encourages people to enjoy the benefits of being close to nature and promotes positive wellbeing. The funding from Heart of Bucks will allow more people within Buckingham to experience this positive impact either by volunteering with the project or reaping the benefits of the group’s work and enjoying the improved outside spaces that the project develops.
The group has been running since 2006 and promotes and takes action to conserve local wildlife, by caring for the green space to preserve, increase and educate others about the biodiversity of the site. The activities are coordinated by The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) and regular work parties take place on the first Saturday of the month. Previous activities have included: thinning trees, fence repairs, glade cutting and clearing, nest and bat boxes, and hedge maintenance.
Katherine Miskin, Volunteer Coordinator at TCV said
“The Trust are delighted to be working with the Buckingham Railway Walk Conservation group. This funding will allow us to support the group by leading more sessions, reaching more volunteers and training the volunteers in a range of practical conservation techniques. “
Schedule of activities for the year ahead:
|Nov 5th 2022||Coppicing and removing rubbish from the ponds|
|Dec 3rd 2022||Clearing fallen branches, cutting back overhangs.|
|Jan 7th 2023||Wassail event, plus pruning of apples trees at Berties Walk|
|Feb 4th 2023||Making bird feeders. Clearing fallen branches|
|March 4th 2023||Step repairs|
|April 1st 2023||Small mammal survey|
|May 6th 2023||To be confirmed|
|Jun 3rd 2023||Checking condition of signs, fences etc and cleaning.|
|Jul 3rd 2023||Pruning plum trees at Berties Walk|
To find out more or to get involved with the project contact firstname.lastname@example.org