Alok Sharma, Member of Parliament for Reading West, visited Moor Copse nature reserve to explore the green space and learn about the maintenance required to preserve natural spaces such at Moor Copse. Alok was greeted by Estelle Bailey, Chief Executive Officer of Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust (BBOWT), and Roger Stace, Land Manager (Conservation) for Berkshire.
Estelle and Roger walked Alok through the nature reserve, through which the River Pang runs, whilst describing to him the challenges they face in retaining a natural landscape for wildlife. Estelle and Roger informed Alok of how members of BBOWT raised money in 2006 to purchase land adjoining Moor Copse, which doubled the size of the reserve.
Volunteers regularly help out at Moor Copse to maintain and enhance the nature reserve for wildlife. In total BBOWT has 1,800 volunteers, 150 members of staff and offers 30 traineeships a year providing many people with the opportunity to switch careers.
Alok Sharma said: “Having been for dog walks through the Copse I was familiar with the location but it was great to learn of all the conservation work being undertaken, often by local volunteers. It is important that we protect our ancient woodlands and green spaces which we hold as custodians for future generations.”
Estelle Bailey said: “We were delighted to welcome Alok to Moor Copse and talk about the Wildlife Trust’s Campaign for a Wilder Future, which is encouraging everyone to help wildlife and ensure that we have strong environmental standards and laws when we leave the EU. To find out more about the Campaign for a Wilder Future visit https://www.bbowt.org.uk/wilder-future.”