A local resident wanted to celebrate the life of her mother by installing a memorial bench. It was fitting to choose  Paradise Nature reserve as the venue as this was a favourite place for her mother to stroll around. Sadly, in later years  she found the walk just a bit too far and would have really benefitted from having a bench to rest on and enjoy the surroundings. For this reason some kind of seating was seen as the most fitting tribute which would also benefit the community.

It was felt that a more natural looking bench would suit the environment and so a fallen willow from nearby Sheep’s Green  was used for the four benches while a felled Poplar was used for the central table. Although wood from these trees may not be as durable as some other hard wood varieties, it felt appropriate to use wood from the local reserve but also wood that would have a life as a bench but then go on to provide shelter and food as it rotted down and rejoined the ecosystem at the reserve. The benches are situated next to the new pond and will hopefully become well used and provide the setting for many happy occasions.

Byron’s pool nature reserve was the beautiful location selected for the latest task in Bidwells and Waitrose corporate social responsibilty programme. The workers who are part of this scheme are eager to give something back to their local community. These two Trumpington based companies decided on supporting their nearby nature reserve by part taking in some conservation work. The task was to cut and rake the woodland glade situated by the river. It was important to clear the glade as many woodland species use these key areas to feed and reproduce. The cutting and raking stops the vegetation from becoming rank and species poor.

The volunteers were enthusiastic and happily accepted our chosen tool for the day, the scythe! Once full instructions were given they readily took to this traditional method of clearance even in the soaring temperatures. Regular stops for blade sharpening gave the opportunity for chats about life at the busy superstore and changes in the housing markets of Cambridge. But it wasn’t long before the rhythmic cutting motion of scythes worked it’s magic and conservations turned to bigger themes such as, nature and how important green spaces are to local people especially when on their lunch breaks!

We finished with a cup of tea and general agreement that a day out in the sunshine enhancing the biodiversity of Byron’s pool was a very worthy use of time.

Many thanks to all involved!

Newnham nursery had a wonderful nature walk in Paradise nature reserve on a lovely, sunny autumnal morning this November. The children were very inquistitive about the leaves, ducks and sticks! The best part was probably the puddles where their wellies proved invaluable. It was lovely to see how being outside was so completely absorbing for them.


It was a great day when volunteers gathered to begin the planting of the new reed bed at Logan’s meadow. The ground was tougher than expected but with real enthusiasm and determination the common reeds, sedge, flag iris, purple loosestrife and marsh marigold were all given their place.  Everybody was excited by the prospect of watching this site develop knowing they were a vital part in it’s creation


Pond clearance was the task for willing volunteers from the Science Park company Citrix. The pond seemed extra muddy on the day as we pulled reeds up and removed rubbish but tje volunteers rose to the challenge. Clearing at least a third of the vegetation is an essential part of pond management and this was triumphantly achieved!