Villagers plan to make the most of beauty spot

Horseshoe Hollow in Ruskington. EMN-150506-173813001
Horseshoe Hollow in Ruskington. EMN-150506-173813001

Volunteers behind a project to turn a village beauty spot into a local nature reserve are staging a tidy-up event.

Horseshoe Hollow is a four-and-a-half acre green open space belonging to Ruskington Parish Council.

Coun Mike Sutterby explained: “The Beck runs through there and we are looking to improve access so people with disabilities and young mums with pushchairs can go down and enjoy it.”

Network Rail funded the creation a couple of ponds with pond dipping platforms and the aim is to build on this. That may include a circular path around the site and picnic tables.

Mr Sutterby said: “A lot of people in Ruskington were unaware of Horseshoe Hollow’s existence. It is bordered by houses and has the Manor House on one side - it’s a bit of a hidden gem.

“There are water voles in the Beck and birdlife, it is really quite idyllic and quiet and an asset we can improve so more people can enjoy.

“There is nowhere else like it in the village.”

Residents set up a community group called the Friends of Horseshoe Hollow, holding their first meeting on May 18 and will eventually apply for ‘Local Nature Reserve’ status and grant aid once details plans and costings are in place.

The next step is a planned litter pick and tidy up on June 28, with volunteers invited to meet at the Scout Hut on Manor Street at 2pm.

Mr Sutterby said: “Hopefully the youth organisations will help by measuring how much fencing we will need and establish where to put the tables and shrubs.”