David and Chrissie live nearby and regularly visit Foxearth Meadows. Chrissie wrote the following to express their appreciation of the reserve.
I am a retired resident of Glemsford, a village overlooking Foxearth Meadows. Since the opening of the Meadows my husband and I have taken the opportunity to visit almost every day. Following a cancer diagnosis and successful treatment through the NHS, we have used the meadow to recharge our batteries in summer and winter.
We used to walk down the hill from Glemsford, cross the main road and the two bridges and then enter the meadow by the footpath along the river. We now make full use of the very welcome car park space.
Every visit throughout the year brings new interest to our day, from birdsong (including a laughing kookaburra), otters and their kits fishing the river, to boxing hares on adjacent fields, deer, damselflies and grass snakes that swim across the river. We have been enchanted by the sights, sounds and smells that thrill the senses and soothe the soul.
During our visits we have encountered small groups of children and young people engaging with Mark and the team and learning through hands-on activities how important these places are to all of us. We have also encountered regular bird ringing specialists recording the birds using this special patch of ground.
Winter floods across Foxearth Meadows bring awareness of the power of nature changing the landscape and show us how the land adapts and bounces back in the blink of an eye.
The reserve is maintained and managed by hands-on volunteers. Following conversations on the landscape and its use by visitors of all ages, often with a wish to bide awhile, the volunteers have provided rustic benches at intervals so that people can rest and watch the world go by. While sitting on the benches we have been charmed by crowds of hungry birds each morning through the winter and enchanted by silent flights at dusk.
Having taken such pleasure from the treasure on our doorstep we wanted to give something in return, so became key-holders with responsibility for opening the car park gates in the morning and closing at dusk at weekends. We do this willingly along with other volunteers.
I know we will continue to enjoy this wonderful treasure on our doorstep for some time to come and are thankful that it’s there.
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