Friday May 4th saw the official opening of Tice's Meadow Nature Reserve, marking the end of restoration from a sand and gravel quarry, and the beginning of the site's new life as a community nature reserve.
We were delighted to welcome representatives of Hanson, Heidelberg Cement, Nature After Minerals, the BTO, the RSPB, the Surrey Bird Club, the Minerals Products Association, Farnham Town Council, Surrey County Council, the Badshot Lea Community Association, the Badshot Lea Infants School, the Blackwater Valley Countryside Trust & Partnership and the local press to help us celebrate the site opening.
A formal reception at the Kiln saw speeches made by Daniel Cooper (CEO Hanson UK), Andy Duncan (Principal Landscape Manager, Hanson UK) and Simon Elson (Surrey County Council). The guests were then bussed to site where the new bridge was the site of a ribbon cutting ceremony by the Mayor of Farnham. A tour around the site then followed for all of the guests, following a section of our Biodiversity Trail.
It was good to see so many old faces who were key to the development of the nature reserve and meet representatives from our many partner organisations.
The opening of the new bridges completes the final link in our Quarry Life Award Biodiversity Trail, enabling visitors to now walk the entire 1.5 mile trail around the site, so it was good to be able to show around site a number of the national and international QLA judges.