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Explore RSPB Hodbarrow with ease thanks to kind donation from quarry

Last modified: 03 July 2013

aerial view of RSPB Hodbarrow reserve

Bardon Aggregates Ghyll Scaur quarry donated time and resources to further improve Hodbarrow’s paths.

Image: David Wootton

More visitors are set to discover the beauty of RSPB’s Hodbarrow nature reserve thanks to the incredible generosity of a local quarry team.

Building on the good work achieved by the It’s Your Tern Project, which aims to transform the Hodbarrow reserve into a community resource, Bardon Aggregates Ghyll Scaur quarry donated time and resources to further improve Hodbarrow’s paths. 

The team donated gravel, machinery and man power to create a new path at the nature reserve, making it more accessible for a variety of visitors, from walkers and runners, to people with young children and wheelchairs.

Mhairi Maclauchlan, Assistant Warden at RSPB Hodbarrow, said: “The amount of time and money the quarry has donated is amazing. We now have a new path which is going to provide easier access for people to the reserve, so they can discover how Hodbarrow helps to give nature a home.

“We couldn’t have done it without Bardon Aggregates and the team that came down to lay the path – they are an asset to the company.”

The new rolled stone path, which required 100 tonne of local stone from the quarry, now provides an ideal surface for wheelchairs and buggies and has proved popular with local residents and visitors. Many members of the quarry team, who use the reserve for walking or running, received positive feedback from people whilst laying the path.

Andrew Gray, from Bardon Aggregates, said: “Restoration of the footpath at the RSPB’s Hodbarrow reserve was something we were able to do with the materials that we have on site and the willing workforce.

“The job would not have been a success without the kind help from Hewden from Whitehaven, who donated the use of a vibrating roller to compact the material used on the footpath, and Michael Preston, a local farmer who donated his time and the use of his tractor and trailer. Personnel involved from Ghyll Scaur Quarry were Antony Hirst (Supervisor), Steven Hirst, Jamie Cairns and Richard Preston.”

The completion of the paths by Bardon Aggregates has also been welcomed by South Copeland Disability Group, which has been involved in advising the reserve about access since the It’s Your Tern Project started.

Noel Moore, secretary of the group, said: “It is important that people have opportunities to experience wildlife of all sorts at first hand and to learn more about nature and conservation, so we are very pleased that Bardon Aggregates has put material and time into making the pathway accessible for buggies and the disabled community with wheelchairs and scooters.

“We believe that these opportunities should be available for everyone, including visitors with physical disabilities or special needs. This has been greatly improved at Hodbarrow. The time and effort put in were certainly worthwhile, as our members are delighted with the improvements and appreciate having greater access to the reserve.”

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