BIG THANK YOU
‘You did it!’ said CEO Andy Atkins, just after hearing the news. ‘Thanks to all our supporters and the Big Give Christmas appeal, we can now build a pond at our Wolf Fields urban nature reserve.
‘Our plan is to make a better home for hard pressed amphibians and enable more local children to have a great experience of nature. We send a big “thank you” from all of us at A Rocha UK.’
Planning is now well underway – with the Wolf Fields support group working out the final design. Led by Community Manager Kailean Khongsai, the group is a team of key volunteers who’ve come together to ensure the new pond is the best possible design for local wildlife.
The pond will provide habitat for dragonflies, damselflies and amphibians such as frogs, toads and newts. According to the Freshwater Habitats Trust, the number of ponds across the UK continues to decline. This new feature at Wolf Fields will provide nature and people with a vital boost.
Supporters took part in the appeal just before the festive season – and made twice the splash with every pound they donated. From 29th November-2nd December, The Big Give Christmas Challenge in partnership with The Childhood Trust matched their gifts. After being matched, the total amount counted up was £15,630. Target was £14,000.
Conservation Director Andy Lester praised the ‘incredible generosity’ of A Rocha UK supporters. ‘We’ll have a wetland area to be proud of,’ he said, ‘and we hope to install braille posts to help those with visual impairments to also enjoy the site and pond.’