Natural Resources Wales have designated their first Local Nature Reserve in Wales.
What was once a dumping ground is now an impressive Green, Clean and Safe place for both the local community and visitors to the town of Rhuddlan.
To celebrate the designation an opening event is planned for Friday 29th July 1pm – 5pm at the Rhuddlan Nature Reserve and where photographic opportunities will be available.
In 2009 a decision was made to transform what was a derelict area of land into a Nature Area.
An agreement was drawn up by the late Raymond Fagan and Denbighshire County Council who are the owners of the land and where it was agreed that the development would be guided via a Management Advisory Group (MAG).
The group ensures that all local stakeholders have an opportunity to have their say and decisions are reached by a general consensus – this an excellent example of local democracy in action. It is chaired by Anita Fagan who can rely on a broad membership and expert knowledge base.
Councillor Barbara Smith said: “This local democratic process has certainly been successful and the site has slowly developed into an impressive green open space and a haven for wildlife.
“The Management Advisory Group and the County Council should be very proud of what they have achieved.
“The biodiversity value of the site has been increased through habitat improvement and creation and this natural interest is shared with the local community and visitors via interpretation panels and leaflets.
“Community involvement is essential to the success of the project. Regular volunteer programs are drawn up giving everyone the opportunity to be involved and to help improve their local environment.
“There is genuine support for the project and tasks in the traditional art of hedge laying and wildflower meadow creation provide the ideal focus to harness this enthusiasm which in turn will instil a sense of ownership and community pride.”