The Marston Vale Trust

Wildlife and Wetlands for Everyone

To increase the number of people benefitting from experiencing nature close up by the upgrading of an 82 hectare wetland reserve and creating an inclusive, inviting, visitor experience.

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  • Environment/ConservationEnvironment/Conservation
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing


  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • Older PeopleOlder People
  • Women & GirlsWomen & Girls
  • Young People (18-30)Young People (18-30)
  • OtherOther



It is generally accepted that connecting with nature regularly can improve your health and wellbeing but unfortunately not everyone can access nature easily. This project will see the upgrading of a nature reserve, which despite being at the centre of a popular country park (350,000 visitors per annum) receives relatively few visitors. Along with a newly constructed track this project will see the construction of: • A boardwalk, with hide, through an established reedbed providing an intimate and unique wetlands experience • The construction of an ‘easy access’ hides, a short distance from the Forest Centre providing views across a lake • The installation of a viewing screen to provide opportunities to view feeding birds and other wildlife. These improvements will provide focus points to attract people into the reserve and a variety of interesting ways for people to engage with nature. This will result in more people and a wider variety of people using the wetland reserve and benefitting from regular contact with nature. Completing this project will cost around £225,000 though each individual element will standalone and provide benefit.