The award, confirmed unanimously by Rother’s Cabinet Committee, follows months of design work and preparation to create new garden designs celebrating the Reserve’s special features.
The Garden, which will be created immediately next to the new Centre, will form an important part of the Project’s programme to engage visitors in the wild plants and creatures that make up the special qualities of the Nature Reserve.
Features will include:
- An outdoor Education Amphitheatre for school groups or meetings and talks for local societies
- A ramped walkway providing easy access for visitors and the disabled to and from the Centre’s café
- Planters with examples of the Reserve’s rare and endangered plant species
- Seating with benches, chairs and tables
- Totems explaining the features of the plants
- Bicycle racks to promote more sustainable ways of visiting the Reserve
- Nooks and crannies to support insects and other creatures found on the Reserve
Commenting on the news, Appeal Chairman Alastair Fairley said: “This is fantastic news and we’re hugely grateful to Rother District Council for its support. The Wildlife Garden is a key part of our plans for the new Discovery Centre and something we want the community to be very much involved in.
“It will not only be a lovely place for people to relax in, but it will also feature many of the rare and endangered plants species found here, so people can see them right up close. We’ll also be offering the chance for people to remember a loved one by sponsoring a bench there, so anyone who’d like that please get in touch at email@example.com ”