VISITORS to the RSPB’s Arne Nature Reserve near Wareham,will soon be able to enjoy a new wildlife and play garden thanks to a £30,000 grant from The Veolia Environmental Trust.

It has awarded the grant to create the garden next to the reserve’s new visitor centre. It will be a welcoming and engaging multi-purpose space that will enhance the use of the site.

The garden will attract a variety of wildlife and it will serve as an outdoor classroom, play area and community meeting place.

Veolia awards grants through the Landfill Communities Fund and since 2002 it has distributed more than £275,000 to 20 projects in Dorset.

RSPB’s Fundraising Officer, Isabelle Arthur, said: “This grant is great news. It means we can create a safe, natural and inspiring space where visitors can play, relax, socialise, volunteer or learn. The garden will also of course give nature a home. We are looking forward to work getting started.”

The Executive Director of The Veolia Environmental Trust, Paul Taylor, adds, “We are pleased to be able to help this project to create the garden. The grant shows how the Trust and the Landfill Communities Fund are a vital source of funding for projects that are really needed, and which will make a real difference to people’s lives and the environment. We look forward to seeing work start.”