Tice’s Meadow Nature Reserve in Badshot Lea, a multi-award winning wildlife haven, is under threat.
This 136 acre site has been created over the last ten years from a former sand and gravel quarry. Although quite new, this important reserve has many rare and endangered species thanks mainly to the Tice’s Meadow Restoration Group and the Bird Group. Part of the reserve is open to the public and accessed off Badshot Lea Road close to Aldershot.
It is an open green space that has been very important to so many local people during this difficult time of the Covid-19 pandemic. A regionally important wildlife haven, it is a site that protects many hundreds of local houses from flooding, and is a much-used community asset.
It is currently still owned by Hansons, who extracted the minerals. In November 2020 Hanson formally notified Waverley Borough Council of their intention to sell the site. This puts a question mark over its future.
The site is an Asset of Community Value (under the Localism Act 2011), so community interest groups were able to register as a potential bidder, giving them until May 2021 to raise the funds for a bid.
Tice’s Meadow Bird Group (TMBG) have asked local councils and community groups to join in a coalition to save Tice’s Meadow. They have launched an online petition which has now passed 10,000 signatures. To add your signature go to: http://chng.it/nSsSvHcj
In an important development, TMBG has applied for a grant from Surrey County Council’s Your Fund scheme. If successful, the grant will be used to buy Tice’s Meadow Nature Reserve and place it in trust (or similar arrangements) for the benefit of the local community. The first stage of the scheme involves gathering public support. A detailed business case will then have to be submitted in February.
You can support the campaign by “liking” the submission on the Your Fund Surrey website. Click here for a link to the page.
For more information about Tice’s Meadow Nature Reserve visit their website: www.ticesmeadow.org