Hauxley looking west

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Dream almost a reality!

A recent flurry of public donations to Northumberland Wildlife Trust’s Hauxley Land Appeal sees the wildlife charity just £3,752 short of its £75,000 target.

Since the Appeal’s launch in June, members of the public have dug deep into their pockets to support it; charitable trusts such as The Barbour Foundation and The Charles Hayward Foundation and Amble Town Council have also donated generously to the appeal which aims to transform the wildlife charity’s Hauxley reserve on Druridge Bay into an exceptional place to watch wildlife.

Once the £75,000 target has been reached, the Trust will be able to purchase 12 acres of farmland adjacent to the current site thereby allowing it to create circular walking routes taking visitors past a wider range of natural features, viewpoints, information boards and seating as they walk around. New pathways will improve access for disabled people and families with young children.

Wildlife will benefit from new habitats including meadow, hedgerow, woodland and wetland which will connect better with the neighbouring farmland and the Trust’s four other reserves along Druridge Bay.

Commenting on the latest appeal total, Duncan Hutt, Northumberland Wildlife Trust Head of Land Management said: “When we launched the Land Appeal in June, we knew we had until the end of September to raise £75,000 and, to be honest, we were holding our breath to see if we could raise it.

“Everybody at the Trust is totally bowled over with the response to the appeal with donations arriving daily, especially, given the current economic climate - we cannot thank everybody enough; the land will be a living legacy for future generations to enjoy.”

Members of the public can donate to the Land Appeal in the following ways:

Online, by visiting www.nwt.org.uk/donate using a credit/debit card to donate

By telephoning: 0191 2846884 using a credit/debit card to donate

By texting LAND13 £10 to 70070 to donate £10

By post to: Northumberland Wildlife Trust, Garden House, St Nicholas Park, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE3 3XT

This was posted in Bdaily's Members' News section by Sue Bishop .

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