A NATURE Reserve near Boroughbridge is celebrating after an appeal to restore and conserve new land raised more than £47,000.
The Yorkshire Wildlife Trust launched the appeal for Staveley Nature Reserve in autumn last year.
“We have been completely blown away by the generous and enthusiastic response to our appeal for help,” said community outreach officer Carl Watts.
“Thanks to a generous grant from Heritage Lottery Fund we were able to buy 44 hectares adjoining our original reserve at Staveley.
“But we desperately needed to find the money to turn agricultural land and neglected lakes into a wildlife-rich reserve.”
A variety of fundraising initiatives, including an open garden event in the village of Staveley, helped the trust reach its astonishing total.
“Money has been donated in lieu of wedding gifts, birthday presents and to honour retirements,” said Mr Watts.
“Many people have decided to ‘adopt’ a plot on the new part of the reserve either for themselves or for a loved one, others have donated whatever they could afford.”
Other donors included Bettys of Harrogate, the Sylvia and Colin Shepherd Charitable Trust, the Sir George Martin Trust and the George A Moore Foundation.