Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council – their Role
At the outset of this Project Ann MacDonald, Manager of the Council’s Landscape & Ecology Department agreed with the Friends of Danesbury Local Nature Reserve that if they would commit to clear the site and subsequently maintain it, then her Department would give them all the encouragement and support needed to make it a success.
At key moments in the life of the Project the Borough Council have provided specialist help from contractors. This has ranged from poisoning invasive tree roots that were threatening the integrity of the rock work, mechanical diggers to help shift the 24″ depth of spoil which was found to be covering much of the site, uncovering major paths and irrigation systems which the volunteers would have taken years to discover for themselves.
The Borough Council have budgeted to pay expenses of £1000 p.a. to the Friends of Danesbury to cover incidental expenses, which are evidenced by receipts.
The Volunteers – their Commitment
Through their commitment to develop the Danesbury Fernery for the benefit of the local community, the Friends of Danesbury Local Nature Reserve have received generous awards from local groups including the Welwyn Festival Committee, The Welwyn Wailers, The Welwyn Gardening Club, the Welwyn Allotments Society, and others. Additionally, the Project has benefited from generous contributions from private benefactors.
All the funds managed by the volunteers go towards the development of the Danesbury Fernery Project, and for this reason banking has been arranged in the name of the Friends of Danesbury Fernery.
If you would like to contribute to the Fernery Project, please make your payment using online Banking systems (BACS), ensuring that you give your personal details as the reference. So that we properly acknowledge your generosity, we recommended that you also confirm the payment by writing to: .
BACS Bank payments should be made as follows:
Payee: Friends of Danesbury Fernery
- Sort Code: 30-98-97
- Account Number: 66874760