The Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust is embarking on an exciting and ambitious project to build a new Volunteer Training Centre at Rutland Water. Contractors have been given the go-ahead to start work on this new, carefully designed and fit for purpose facility, which will enable skilled, experienced and motivated volunteers to sustainably manage Rutland Water and other nearby nature reserves into the future.
“One of our key tasks is to raise the remaining funding needed to match generous grants we have received from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Anglian Water and other sources,” Trust Director Simon Bentley said. “The Wild Lives at Rutland Water appeal is being launched with an event that we hope will encourage staff, volunteers and friends of the Trust and Rutland Water Nature Reserve to get involved.
“The 3,000 Mile Challenge will be a collective sponsorship event to attempt to travel 3,000 miles in one day – the average distance a Rutland osprey journeys on migration to West Africa.
“To achieve this we need as many people as possible to join in and pledge to travel a distance towards the target.”
You can sign up to:
• Walk • Run • Cycle • Canoe*
• Any other mode of transport as long as it is under human power!
The distance around Rutland Water is 15.5 miles (or 22 including the peninsular) but you can sign-up to a distance that suits you. For keen cyclists this could be several circuits. For a family with young children, it might be a gentle stroll with a pushchair. For others, it can be anything in between. Every single mile counts towards the 3,000 miles.
(*Anglian Water has kindly agreed to set out a one-mile course and provide canoes and kayaks for free.)
Where? Whitwell car park on the north shore of Rutland Water will be the main starting/finishing point.
When? Saturday October 11, 2014 starting at 10am
How can I get involved? Sign up for The 3,000 Mile Challenge by registering here
Once you have registered on the website you'll be added as a team member on our Virgin Money Giving page where your friends and family can sponsor you.
The Volunteer Training Centre will be a wonderful asset so we hope as many people as possible will want to join us for what is sure to be a great day. All members of Rutland Water Nature Reserve staff will be getting involved and several have already committed to running, cycling and canoeing on the day!
Remember, walking just one mile could help us to reach our target.
Photo: Artist's impression of the new Volunteer Training Centre at Rutland Water Nature Reserve