Taunton Deane Mayor Councillor Vivienne Stock-Williams unveiled new information boards at the Swains Lane Nature Reserve (SNLR) at the weekend.
Volunteers and supporters who have contributed to the development of the SNLR were welcomed by John Morton who represents the group. In his welcome address he referred to the work done by volunteers over the last 11 years to transform two overgrown and neglected fields surrounded by a housing development into a haven for wild flowers and a refuge for endangered amphibians. His group of volunteers who have cleared and enhanced the site has been supported by Taunton Deane Borough Council, Wellington Borough Council and Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty whose Manager, Linda Bennett, was present at the unveiling. Blackdown Hills AONB has provided both advice and financial support through its Sustainable Development Fund.
John Morton also paid specific tribute to the work done by Gloria Copley, former Mayor of Wellington, who died recently and to Isabel Ward of Wellington in Bloom as well as his fellow volunteers.
The reserve, which was awarded its first Green Flag in 2013, now has two new information boards which explain its role in conservation. Volunteers will continue their work to improve and maintain a small corner of the town as a delightful, tranquil natural habitat.