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News article created on 10 October 2012

Friends of Tring Reservoir show support for Trust

Local organisation the Friends of Tring Reservoir (FOTR) have donated £500 towards a project to create a nature reserve alongside the Grand Union Canal near Tring.

It is wonderful that the FOTR have supported our project and I would like to thank them personally for this generous donation. Dan Ritsema, project manager from the Canal & River Trust

The 'give a newt a home' project, which aims to raise £5,000 and is being led by our team at the Canal & River Trust, will involve clearing the redundant side ponds that are situated alongside locks 39 and 43 of weeds and planting them with new water-loving plants. 

The aim of the project is to try and encourage dragonflies and newts into the area as well as boosting the number of water loving birds that visit the canal. As well as planting the project will also involve repairing the brick walls around the ponds as well as installing new walkways and handrails to enable visitors easy access around the ponds.

Dan Ritsema, project manager from the Canal & River Trust, said: “It is wonderful that the FOTR have supported our project and I would like to thank them personally for this generous donation.  We are planning on using volunteers to help with the works and this donation will go towards buying the materials and plants which will be used to create the nature reserve”.

John Taylor, chairman of the Friends of Tring Reservoir, said: “We are delighted that we could support this project along our local stretch of canal. The canals are rich in wildlife so anything we can do to help encourage more animals and insects to this wonderful stretch of waterways will only be a good thing”.

Find our more about how to donate or get involved with this project

Photo from left to right: John Taylor, chairman of the Friends of Tring Reservoir, Keith Linger, treasurer of the Friends of Tring Reservoir, Dan Ritsema and Jeff Whyatt from the Canal & River Trust.