LOWER Moss Wood nature reserve and wildlife hospital has received a £200 donation from housebuilder Bellway.

The company is keen to support the important work of the private educational trust in Ollerton, Knutsford, as its new development has strong environmental credentials of its own.

Committed to the conservation, preservation and protection of wild hedgehogs, Bellway’s Weaver Green development has several special features.

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A carefully planned network of hedgehog highways, or gaps to the boundaries that allow hedgehogs to roam freely without being trapped by walls or fences.

All new residents will also be an information sheet with guidance on how to help wild hedgehogs.

Bellway has commissioned a children’s story about two hedgehogs named Belle and Brickle.

Copies of the book are on display in a hedgehog-themed bedroom in the show home and will be given as gifts and prizes to local children.

Ian Daniells, chairman of Lower Moss Wood, visited Weaver Green to collect the donation and see the hedgehog preservation measures for himself.

Ian said: “At Lower Moss Wood we aim to raise awareness about conservation and the importance of doing all that we can to protect and look after our local environment and wildlife.

Knutsford Guardian: Ian Daniells, member of the Weaver Green development and Lynne Duxbury, Bellway sales managerIan Daniells, member of the Weaver Green development and Lynne Duxbury, Bellway sales manager (Image: Bellway)

“We also work as a wildlife hospital, taking in orphaned, sick or injured wild animals and birds for treatment and care and rely heavily on donations to keep our services running.

“We are extremely grateful to Bellway for this donation and look forward to re-visiting to see more of their hedgehog conservation activities in action at a later date.”

Lynne Duxbury, Bellway sales manager said: “Weaver Green is a fabulous semi-rural development of high quality new homes.

“When we learned about the conservation work done by Lower Moss we wanted to make a donation.

“We are so pleased that they’ve come to site to see our hedgehog preservation measures.”