On Friday 8th April our live member events returned after a two-year break in Suffolk Wildlife Trust fashion. Following a registration process and ballot draw, 18 of our lucky members went on an exclusive tour of Old Broom – a nature reserve located near Bury St Edmunds.
Closed to the public, this 500-year-old stunning nature reserve was re-opened for just one day to our members, who were joined by one of our branch staff Peta.
What happened on the tour?
Our members were greeted at Lackford Lakes by Suffolk Wildlife Trust Community Fundraising Manager Michael Strand and taken down to the normally closed Old Broom reserve.
They were then given a tour of the stunning reserve, including learning some of the old tree’s unique names, ‘Old Ben’ ‘Gandalf’ and ‘Stairway’ to name a few. Many of these trees were planted by the Hanbury family decades ago, who owned the reserve before handing it over to the Suffolk Wildlife Trust.
After being immersed in nature, our members had a quick bite to eat of Victoria sponge and cups of coffee to unwind whilst overlooking the surrounding wildlife. They all had an enjoyable time and picked up some key tips on rewilding and conservation from the Suffolk Wildlife Trust team.
Will there be more member events?
Yes. It was great to have our member events back in full swing this April and there will be plenty more coming in the future. All new member events will be communicated on our members page, where you can also sign up to our newsletter to stay up to date with Society news.