Wetland restoration project to go on show

Wetlands restoration EMN-160905-160818001
Wetlands restoration EMN-160905-160818001

An ambitious wetland restoration project will be on show on Sunday.

When the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust purchased Willow Tree Farm in 2009, it was much like any other fenland farm growing cereals, beans and other crops.

Now, after seven years of careful management and raising of water levels, the now-renamed Willow Tree Fen has shallow meres, reedbeds and hay meadows. Breeding birds include redshank, lapwing, shelduck and reed warblers. This single project has doubled the amount of wild fenland in Lincolnshire but the reserve also still produces food being grazed by cattle supplying prime beef for the local market.

The open day, with free entry, runs from 10.30am to 4pm, and will have guided walks, tractor rides, activities for children and refreshments. The reserve is to the east of Pode Hole on the road to Baston and will be signposted.