Funding approved for access improvements at Brandon Reach.

Funding approved for access improvements at Brandon Reach.

Paula Irish

Visitors to the Trust's Brandon Marsh are set to get a newly accessible nature reserve thanks to a £47,329 grant from FCC Communities Foundation.

The money will be used to provide access gates for all, improve the path network and provide interpretation and way markers at Brandon Reach, our new nature reserve launched in 2019 just north of Brandon Marsh on the south-east outskirts of Coventry. Paths will also be improved at the much loved and used Brandon Wood, which is managed by Friends of Brandon Wood.

Karl Curtis – Director of Reserves and Community Engagement of Warwickshire Wildlife Trust believes the facility will make a huge difference to the lives of people living in the area.

This project will provide a real boost to the people of Coventry, Solihull, Warwickshire and beyond who visit Brandon Wood or Brandon Marsh. It’s fantastic that FCC Communities Foundation has awarded us this money and we’re really looking forward to the exciting improvements taking shape over the next six months. The recent challenge of COVID-19 has really highlighted the value and need for accessible and well-connected green space to people so this project will help achieve more of that.

FCC Communities Foundation is a not-for-profit business that awards grants for community projects through the Landfill Communities Fund.

Richard Smith, FCC Communities Foundation Senior Grant Manager says "We’re delighted to be supporting the access improvements at Brandon Reach and are looking forward to continuing to improve this valuable nature reserve. 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."

The hope is that Brandon Reach and Brandon Wood will be accessible for all to explore by October, allowing visitors to discover a complex of nature reserves larger than Regent’s Park in London - right on the doorstep of Coventry. The project will enable local people to access and reconnect with nature, plus enjoy the outdoor environment that will help improve their health and well-being. Removing existing barriers, upgrading gates to disability access gates and installing on site interpretation and way markers will provide people with the confidence to get out there and go wild!