Build it and they will come (even though it’s pouring with rain!)
Friday 11th September 2015 was fine and sunny. So was Sunday 13th. But the 12th, the Saturday of Hirst Wood Nature Reserve grand opening, dawned showery and seemed to save its heaviest downfalls for around 1pm when Chris Tate of the Telegraph & Argus cut the ribbon. But in some ways it turned out to be symbolically right because, just as Hirst Wood Regeneration Group and the many volunteers created this amazing resource against all the odds out of a boggy, overgrown field, so the public responded by turning up in large numbers to welcome the nature reserve despite getting a soaking. And it was clear, especially as the clouds parted and the sun came out, they loved what they saw.
Pauline Bradley-Sharp, secretary HWRG and Sandra Angadi, chair of the group, either side of Chris Tate as he declares the nature reserve open Photo: The Conservation Volunteers
Photo Gallery of Hirst Wood Nature Reserve Opening (click on a thumbnail to enlarge it or to start a slide show)
Putting out the bunting Putting out the bunting Putting out the bunting Putting out the bunting Putting out the bunting Erecting the gazebos Erecting the gazebos Erecting the gazebos Erecting the gazebos
We’ve something to celebrate, let’s put out the bunting
We need some gazebos. Now which bit goes where?
Job well done Without people like this, none of it would happen Without people like this, none of it would happen Without people like this, none of it would happen Without people like this, none of it would happen
As ever, none of it is possible without our wonderful volunteers
Without people like this, none of it would happen Gathering in the rain Gathering in the rain Gathering in the rain By the community, for the community © Andrew Holland
Never mind the weather, let’s celebrate the opening of a stunning community resource
By the community, for the community By the community, for the community By the community, for the community By the community, for the community By the community, for the community By the community, for the community By the community, for the community By the community, for the community By the community, for the community By the community, for the community By the community, for the community By the community, for the community © Andrew Holland By the community, for the community © Andrew Holland By the community, for the community © Andrew Holland Cutting the ribbon © Andrew Holland By the community, for the community © Andrew Holland Home Page Home Page Home Page More about the Nature Reserve More about the Nature Reserve More about the Nature Reserve Other HWRG Projects Other HWRG Projects Other HWRG Projects By the community, for the community © Andrew Holland By the community, for the community © Andrew Holland By the community, for the community © Andrew Holland By the community, for the community © Andrew Holland By the community, for the community © Andrew Holland By the community, for the community By the community, for the community By the community, for the community By the community, for the community By the community, for the community Thanks to Andrew Holland Photography Thanks to Andrew Holland Photography Thanks to Andrew Holland Photography HIRST WOOD REGENERATION GROUP