Wildlife park given £25k cash boost

Frays Farm given sum from Ve­o­lia in bid to at­tract an­i­mals to the area of spe­cial in­ter­est

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Alexan­der Ballinger

A WILDLIFE park in Den­ham near Uxbridge has been given a £25,000 cash in­jec­tion to help im­prove ac­cess and to at­tract an­i­mals.

Frays Farm Fen Site of Spe­cial Sci­en­tific In­ter­est can now have the ma­jor work done thanks to a grant from The Ve­o­lia En­vi­ron­ment Trust.

Work will in­clude clear­ing un­wanted plants to al­low ac­cess for vol­un­teers and con­trac­tors and clear­ing scrub from a stretch of the River Colne.

Paul Tay­lor, the ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Ve­o­lia En­vion­men­tal Trust, said: “The wildlife trust needs to be con­grat­u­lated on se­cur­ing this grant in a very com­pet­i­tive en­vi­ron­ment.

“It is clear that this project will make a real dif­fer­ence to the site and the peo­ple who en­joy it.

“I look for­ward to hear­ing about work start­ing.”

A date for the work to start has not yet been set.

Once the area is made ac­ces­si­ble, cat­tle will be in­tro­duced to graze.

The clear­ing of the scrub along the Colne will also en­cour­age wa­ter voles to live in the area and will pro­vide food and shel­ter for other an­i­mals.

Frays Farm Mead­ows is un­der threat from the HS2 rail link and lo­cal res­i­dents have protested against the plans.

It has also been a tar­get for fly-tip­pers in re­cent months.

n MA­JOR WORKS: Frays Farm Fen Site of Spe­cial Sci­en­tific In­ter­est

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