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practical conservation
Cutting Willow Carr
New Bridge
Building steps
A volunteer cuts back some Willow Carr  /  'The Friends of Harrington Nature Reserve' admire the new bridge crossing the Ellerbeck  /  New steps to 'Viewpoint' being constructed

Over the years, a great deal of practical conservation work has been carried out at Harrington Nature Reserve including:-

  • Coppicing of Willow Carr & cutting back undergrowth
  • Path clearance and resurfacing
  • Clearing of rubbish and silt deposits from streams & the reservoir
  • Building new handrailed steps to the higher pathways
  • The replacement of rotting wooden bridges with sturdier ones
  • Meadow cutting
  • Litter picking

The continuing health of the reserve is dependent on this regular work, mainly by volunteers. Without it, the area will become flooded, overgrown, and polluted with litter.

Harrington Nature Reserve
Litter is one addition to the reserve it can do without!

Practical conservation is one activity that can help the nature reserve so much, as well as giving a true sense of pride & achievement for those taking part. If you feel you could help in some way, whether it be simply picking up rubbish or cutting back undergrowth then please get in touch.

Together, we can help keep the reserve in beautiful condition for generations to come!

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With grateful thanks to the following organisations for their hard work, support & funding over the years

The Friends of Harrington Nature Reserve logo Allerdale Borough Council logo Cumbria Community Foundation logo English Nature logo Millennium Volunteers logo
Alcan logo Regeneration Workington logo Cumbria County Council logo The Big Lottery Fund logo BTCV logo
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