Tice’s Meadow Nature Reserve has been protected and preserved for local residents to enjoy after input from many councils.
Rushmoor Borough Council has announced that it has contributed up to £ 50,000 to the Surrey County Council’s purchase of Tice’s Meadow in an effort to keep the area accessible to the community.
The newly developed nature reserve is located on the site of the former Farnham quarry on the southern outskirts of Aldershot.
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Rushmoor Borough Council Chief Councilor David Clifford said: “Our residents love to visit Tice’s Meadow, which is right on our doorstep, so it’s great to see six councils working together to ensure this magnificent site is protected for generations to come.
“We are more than happy to pay our fair share to secure its future as a protected nature reserve for the use of the community.
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“I especially want to thank all of the volunteers at Tice’s Meadow, who have done a fantastic job on the site for several years, and I’m sure they were delighted when the sale closed.”
Tice’s Meadow Nature Reserve covers a vast area of 137 acres and forms a green buffer zone between Farnham and Aldershot.
The land offers residents a circular walk and trail leading to Tongham Pools and the Blackwater Valley.
The inhabitants wanted the nature reserve to be safeguarded because of the great biodiversity value of the new wetland, woods and meadows.
The long-term management of the reserve will be overseen by groups such as Hanson, Surrey County Council, the Tice’s Bird Group, the Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership and the Farnham Residents Association.
Along with the Rushmoor Borough Council contribution, Surrey County Council contributed a maximum of £ 250,000, Guildford Borough Council £ 50,000, Waverley Borough Council and Town Council of Farnham donated £ 75,000 and Hampshire County Council advanced £ 50,000.
Councilor Keith Mans, Head of Hampshire County Council, said: “It is great news that Tice’s Meadow will continue to be a haven for wildlife and a wonderful open space for entertaining. It is thanks to working in partnership and a shared vision to protect and enhance the natural environment.
“Although based in Surrey, the nature reserve is immediately adjacent to Hampshire and therefore our contribution secures access to the site for many residents of this county, including those living in Aldershot.”
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