Call for town’s nature lovers to lend a hand to Hill Rise this spring

Hill Rise Nature Reserve
Hill Rise Nature Reserve

With spring in the air, organisers at Hill Rise nature reserve are calling for volunteers to help prepare the site for the warmer months ahead.

Harpur ward councillors Louise Jackson and Colleen Atkins are encouraging volunteers to dig out their tools and gardening gloves and join a work session at the Hill Rise nature reserve at 2pm on Sunday 29 March.

The hidden gem on Park Road North in the Prime Ministers area of Bedford has seen renewed support from the local community since the site’s custodians issued a call for assistance last autumn.

Now that spring is in the air, organisers are looking to bring together volunteers to strip the ivy off the trees and create wild-flower beds. Volunteers are urged to bring wallpaper scrapers, forks, spades and a suitable pair of gloves.

Cllr Jackson said, “This is a great time of year for nature lovers to head down to Hill Rise and help prepare this hidden oasis for the warmer months.

“Last year’s response was fantastic with over 50 people turning out to the first session – people clearly value the site –  so I’m sure we shall see plenty of support for Hill Rise this time around.”

“Louise and I provided some new bird boxes this year from our ward funds, so we hope that will encourage some more wildlife to make their home in Hill Rise,” said Cllr Atkins.

“The new wild-flower beds will be great for the bees and insects. I’m looking forward to joining the team on 29 March.’

The Hill Rise team would like anyone interested in volunteer work to join their Whatsapp group. You can sign up by sending a message to Shalaine on 07954 386328, and follow the Hill Rise team Facebook page at

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