Habitat improvements at Grantham’s Wyndham Park are the stage for a day of free activities helping everyone enjoy the nature on their doorstep.
Environment and conservation experts will be on hand at the award-winning location on Sunday 24 September, offering games, competitions, crafts, wildlife spotting and more.
All activities have been designed to show how easy and fun it is to get closer to nature – and play a part in protecting it.
The event marks the official unveiling of improvements to Wyndham’s Park’s natural habitat, and a 100m-stretch of the River Witham that flows through it.
Enhancements include an area of stepped decking enabling safe access to a shallow part of the river and new wetland habitat to attract rare species.
All were funded using fishing licence money from the Environment Agency, which is re-invested into rivers, helping to improve facilities for anglers, tackle illegal fishing and encourage more people to take up the sport.
The event will offer a chance to explore the changes to the park’s habitat, and discover how they benefit both visitors and wildlife.
Matt Parr, geomorphology technical specialist at the Environment Agency, said:
Few things beat the great outdoors but that doesn’t mean you have to escape into the wilderness. Natural wonders can be found right in the heart of your town.
We’ll be on hand to help you spot the opportunities, using the beauty of Wyndham Park – and our improvements to the river there – to show how easy and fun it is to get closer to nature.
Organisations taking part in the event include the Environment Agency, South Kesteven District Council, Lincolnshire Rivers Trust, Anglian Water and Rivercare.
It takes place from 12noon to 4.30pm on Sunday 24 September. The date coincides with World Rivers Day, a global celebration of rivers, their value to local communities and the importance of looking after them.