Vote for a New Look for Newbold in Rugby Tesco!

Monday 5th March 2018

Newbold Quarry, Rugby

We're bidding to bag a cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative and need your vote!

Bags of Help offers grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 raised from carrier bag sales in Tesco stores to local community projects.

Head along to Tesco stores in Rugby to vote for us in March and April! The grant will go to creating 'A New Look for Newbold Quarry' in Rugby. The funds will help us give Newbold Quarry Nature Reserve a much needed face-lift, with new visitor information and an interactive way marked trail for all.

You can vote in the Tesco Superstore and in the three Tesco Express stores in Bilton, off Murray Road and Helvellyn Way in Brownsover.

Newbold Quarry Nature Reserve has changed a lot since quarrying for Blue Lias Limestone ended in 1920. Natural springs flooded the pools and nature did the rest. Overlooking the stunning view of the deep lake, it’s hard to believe you are surrounded by residential housing, so close to the centre of Rugby. The reserve has a variety of habitats and wildlife in an increasingly urban environment. The woodlands attract a wonderful variety of songbirds, the grassland supports a population of wildflowers and the lake is home to thousands of toads, as well as swans, coots and great crested newts.

We currently run a work party at Newbold Quarry where dedicated local volunteers have been getting hands on with jobs such as clearing scrub. After every session the changes made to the site are so significant and their help makes a real difference to the local community and wildlife that use it. However the nature reserve lacks interpretative signs to guide visitors in their discovery and enjoyment of this fantastic green space. Current signs are damaged and extremely outdated and the new ones would include up to date information, colourful images and ideas for what you can do around the reserve.

We would like to install an entrance sign and add new, anti-graffiti, interpretation boards to show you how to access and enjoy the reserve. A new way-marked trail would help you find your way around and the trail posts will encourage younger visitors to do wildlife-related actions such as 'jump like a frog' or 'dance like a fox'. These improvements could increase visitor numbers through increased visibility and encourage people to do more and stay for longer.

Following installation of the new signage and trail, we would like to promote the new improvements with an event for the whole community. Find out how to visit the nature reserve.

And remember to vote for us every time you visit a Rugby Tesco store from now until the end of April! Thank you for your support! 

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