Sleaford nature reserve gets £500 boost

Worshipful brother Greg Ray, master of Sleaford's Shire Lodge, presents Zoe Watson with a �500 cheque for Mareham Pastures.
Worshipful brother Greg Ray, master of Sleaford's Shire Lodge, presents Zoe Watson with a �500 cheque for Mareham Pastures.

A volunteer-maintained nature reserve, Mareham Pastures, will get a new stone seat thanks to a £500 donation from the Lincolnshire Masonic Provincial Benevolent Fund.

Zoe Watson, chairman of the Friends of Mareham Pastures, said the gift is great news for everyone who enjoys visiting the nature reserve.

It’s great news for everyone who enjoys visiting Mareham Pastures.

Friends of Mareham Pastures chairman Zoe Watson

She said: “The money will pay for the installation of another stone bench at Mareham Pastures.

“I was first contacted back in January, when Les Hamp from Shire Lodge told me he would be proposing Mareham Pastures to receive some money from the benevolent fund.

“Just last week he contacted me again to say his proposal had been successful.

“It’s great news for everyone who enjoys visiting Mareham Pastures.”

The master of Shire Lodge, worshipful brother Greg Ray, presented the cheque to Zoe at the nature reserve.

Several good causes will be receiving sums from the Masonic fund this year.

Mareham Pastures, a former landfill site in Mareham Lane, Sleaford, was designated a local nature reserve in 2004.

It is owned by Lincolnshire County Council and features woodland, wildlife meadows and grassland.