just a few words to let you know what is happening at the moment on the reserve .
During the summer we applied for a few grants to which I'm glad to say we were successful, the down side to that is, its a lot of work ,we were hoping to spread the work load over a few months but our preferred contractor only had a window in November , so we are taking the opportunity to try and complete all the major work before Christmas and of course the breeding season, with the help of Cromwell volunteers ,Calderdale MBC and there volunteers The PATH TO THE BIRD VIEWING AREA , is almost complete and we were hoping to have that open now but last weeks deluge has put it back a week we had to install more drainage pipes ,we do not like closing paths but in this instance for every ones safety we have had to if coming on to the reserve please RESPECT THE SIGNS and BARRIERS THAT ARE IN PLACE they are there for your safety.
Further along the paths to Cromwell lock we are installing a viewing platform with a grant from TESCO PLASTIC BAG FUND AND BRIGHOUSE LADIES CIRCLE, because this area was a bit tight we have made a passing place to the side this will all be complete in 3 weeks time as the concrete has to have time to cure but will make a lovely area to sit a while and let the world go by. The PATH ACROSS THE BUND BETWEEN THE REED BED AND WET WOODLAND is being up graded although not an official path people were still using it and a couple of people have fallen over the exposed tree routes we are now making that safer with a grant from the Rastrick Big Local and this will be completed by the end of next week (weather permitting ).
After a survey by Access For All for less abled or should i say more abled people we found we needed to fix a few things and one is a disabled toilet we are working towards doing that and a couple of areas on the reserve to upgrade the paths, this wont be completed for a while but we are working to make it the best in Calderdale if not Yorkshire for disabled and wheelchair users. please bare with us we are trying to improve the reserve for eveyone, although not everyone agrees we are doing that .
Hope this clarifies what we are doing . yours Graham Haigh
The volunteers (ably led by David) have been working on various projects recently. Around 30 arrived on the 7th to upgrade existing paths and also develop a new path opposite the cabin. Please bear in mind the work on the paths may result in a muddy walk, there are alternative routes to the Bird Feeding Area close by. Please always respect any temporary posted restrictions.