Ashfield District Council and Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust announce partnership at Kirkby’s Portland Park

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AN EVENT to mark a new partnership between Ashfield District Council and Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust (NWT) will be held on Friday.

The wildlife trust recently taken out a lease on part of visitor centre at the council-owned park to deliver conservation and community projects.

To celebrate the link-up, youngsters and their families are invited to go along to the visitor centre on Friday between noon and 1.30pm where there will be free refreshments and wildlife craft activities.

The event is also an opportunity for people to have their say on future plans for the visitor centre.

The wildlife trust has submitted a joint bid with the council for funding to improve the garden area at the rear of the visitor centre. Future work will involve supporting volunteers with practical conservation tasks such as woodland management.

Coun Steve Carroll said: “The council is always keen to work in partnership with local organisations and this will bring fantastic opportunities not only to the children and adults, who will benefit educationally, but also to the park.”

The park is currently undergoing a refurbishment with the main paths and car park being resurfaced - and these are due to be completed by January.

Pupils from Kingsway Primary are also working with an artist to design a new park logo.

Portland Park is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest and as a Local Nature Reserve because of the magnesian limestone outcrops which support rare plants.

Karen Bennett, from the wildlife trust, said: “We are delighted to be able to commit more time and resources to delivering activities at the park.”