Recycling our roads
MGWSP have come up with an ingenious way of helping the local Wildlife Trust site at Pitsford Reservoir. Road designers and conservationists working together seems an unlikely partnership but MGWSP and The Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire and Peterborough have done just that. Road planings extracted from the A5199 to allow resurfacing works to take place have been used to resurface the paths at this popular nature reserve. 40 tonnes of the planings were delivered to the site at the end of November for local volunteers to use.
Lisa Adams, Reserves Officer for the Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire and Peterborough explained that “we would not have been able to afford to resurface the paths around the reserve this year so this donation really is making a fantastic difference for our visitors”. The volunteers began using the planings on the 5th December and it is expected that this donation will improve a large part of the footpath network and take weeks to distribute.
Pitsford Reservoir was built to supply Northampton with water in 1955 with the whole reservoir designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest in 1970, principally because of the large numbers of wildfowl. The site provides excellent feeding and sheltering areas for wildfowl and the stretches of mud that appear when the water levels drop in the summer offer feeding for migrating waders. In the winter up to 10,000 birds can be seen including wigeon, gadwall, pintail and teal.
Road construction has a massive impact on the English landscape and working with The Wildlife Trust means that we can give something back. Pitsford reservoir is right by our main depot and is a sanctuary for so many of our staff and the local community. We are delighted to be able to donate some of our recycled material to help and support the work of the volunteers.
Christmas card recycling
MGWSP will be collecting cards throughout January to donate to The Woodland Trust. Every year over 1 billion Christmas cards end up in landfill sites. The Woodland Trust, and their partners, collect old Christmas cards to be recycled. The money raised is used for tree planting schemes across the UK.