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Written by Hans Rieder   
Mar 01, 2013 at 09:08 AM

 

A decision to withdraw WildDerby funding was made by Derby City Council at the end of January 2013.

This not only means a loss of funding, but also the loss of Beverley Rhodes, who ran the project. She has taken voluntary redundancy.

Beverley was an invaluable source of professional advice, whose knowledge and expertise will be greatly missed both by our Management Group, and by all those in similar positions on other Nature Reserves in the City. Our Management Group met this week and asked that I write to Beverley thanking her for her support in setting up and managing Darley and Nutwood LNR over the last six years.

The work of our group of volunteers will continue, and the City Council will provide limited funds to cover insurance, a day of TCV work, and updating management plans for the 10 LNR's and associated groups.

We will lack the expert professional advice and knowledge which Beverley provided, but are fortunate in having a newly updated Management Plan for our site which will cover the years 2013 to 2017.

The Parks Department at the Council also propose to establish an overarching Green Space Forum to facilitate the sharing of information among the volunteer groups, and we will take an active part in this.

The next few years will pose some difficult challenges and are likely to place greater demands on the many volunteers on whom we rely to care for our Nature Reserve.

I will let you know how things progress.

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