Splashing about with water and exploring hidden worlds is a combination that excites and inspires most children. Soon, thanks to Wiltshire Wildlife Trust supporters in Wootton Bassett and Chippenham, children visiting the Trust's new Lower Moor Farm nature reserve, near Oaksey, will be able to do just that.
A new eco-friendly recycled plastic platform paid for by the Wootton Bassett Local Supporters Group, which donated more than ??900, and the Chippenham Local Supporters Group, which gave more than ??600, will provide children with a safe setting from which to study pond life.
"This donation is absolutely brilliant and there is even money left over to buy pond nets, ID charts and species trays so that we can really get cracking once the reserve opens in the middle of May," says the Trust's education officer Sarah Wood.
Both groups hold a host of fun and educational activities throughout the year from which they raise money for the Trust. "We can't fund major projects but we can help with smaller ones. It means our members feel involved with a local reserve, and that their money has added value to it," says Wootton Bassett coordinator Barry Bissett.
Chippenham representative Monica Blake says: "We collect money and then ask the Trust what they would like to spend it on – we were very happy when they suggested the pond platform."
Installing a platform made from recycled plastic is in keeping with the sustainable lifestyles promoted by the Trust. The visitor centre at Lower Moor Farm sets out to be a standard bearer for sustainable construction, and an otter holt and boardwalks are also made from recycled material.
The next activity to be laid on by the Wootton Basset LSG will be a minibus trip to Longleat Safari Park on April 22nd. Contact Barry on (01793) 848217 for more information about this and other events.
The next activity to be organised by the Chippenham LSG is a guided walk through Stanton Park on April 21st. Contact Ivan Randall on (01249) 657684 for details.
Or you can pick up the Trust's spring and summer events guide 'What's On' from libraries and Tourist Information Centres which lists loads of activities to help you make the most of your summer days.