Local wildlife and visitors are set to benefit after substantial funding has been confirmed to further enhance Axholme Line Nature Reserve in Haxey.
The popular seven-hectare reserve, which is managed by North Lincolnshire Council, already provides a haven for wildlife, including insects, butterflies and birds.
Now, thanks to a £9,750 grant from the FCC Communities Foundation, both the habitats and access to the site will be improved.
The grant boost comes as the council steps up its plan for A Green Future, inspiring positive changes to create a cleaner, greener, healthier and more sustainable North Lincolnshire.
Already, with the help of local people, volunteers and community groups, more than 90,000 trees have been planted.
Cllr David Rose, cabinet member for environment, said:
“I’d like to share my thanks to the FCC for awarding the Axholme Line Nature Reserve this generous grant. This will make a huge difference, not just to the reserve but to the wellbeing of the wider Isle of Axholme community as well.
“Across North Lincolnshire we are prioritising our ambition to become carbon neutral by 2030. A key part of our Green Futures plan is to enhance biodiversity by protecting and developing wildlife habitats.
“Continuing to enhance our local nature reserves, which are already home to many species, is vital.
“I look forward to works beginning this autumn, once the bird nesting season is over.”
Penny Horne, spokesperson for FCC Communities Foundation, added: “We’re delighted to be supporting the Axholme Line LNR Regeneration Project and pleased our funding will provide such a beautiful green space for people within Haxey.
“FCC Communities Foundation is always happy to consider grant applications for projects that make a difference to local communities and we’re really looking forward to seeing this one take shape soon.”
Read more about the plan for A Green Future on our website.
To find out more about the many projects taking place on the Isle of Axholme, please visit the Isle of Axholme and Hatfield Chase Landscape Partnership website.
Featured image shows a chainsaw carving of the Haxey Fool at the Axholme Line Nature Reserve.