FOLL is a charity managed entirely by volunteers. Although most of our conservation work is done by volunteer work parties, it needs funds to buy maintenance and construction materials and to employ contractors for large scale landscaping, tree management etc. Current projects include:
- year-round feeding for tits and finches
- extension of reed-beds
- maintenance of hides and fences
- habitat management for wildfowl and waders
If you can help fund our work, you can:
- donate here, using the Paypal button below
- send a cheque to The Treasurer, Friends of Lavell’s Lake, c/o Dinton Pastures Countryside Service, Davis Street, Hurst, Reading, RG10 0TH
- make a bank transfer to: Friends of Lavell’s Lake, HSBC, 1 Market Place, Wokingham, RG40 1AL: sort code 40 47 09; account 71132482 (please add the reference “FOLL conservation”)
- remember FOLL in your will to continue our work into the future
If you would like to discuss our work or making a donation, please contact FOLL Secretary, Jane Campbell,
Your donation will be worth 25% more to FOLL if you can gift aid it. If you are a UK taxpayer and have not already made a declaration to FOLL, please send us your Gift Aid Declaration.
FOLL’s need for friend to remember us in their Wills and leave ‘Legacy Gifts’
Long term the challenges of funding the wider nature reserve areas of Lavell’s and in particular Lea Farm Gravel Pit (LFGP) are significant. Currently LFGP is owned by Summeleaze whom we’ve worked with since 2006 and had permission to manage the site and bring about some wonderful conservation work, including building Berkshire’s best bird watching hide.
In the near future Summerleaze Ltd will be selling LFGP, possibly the adjacent ‘Lodge Wood Lake’ and the SSSI Lodge Wood itself. Eventually even the landfill itself may change owners, but only when it no longer requires methane and leachate management. The latter may be as far into the future as 2030?
When the decision comes to sell off, FOLL will have already needed to negotiated something that offers a long term future for LFGP and we are working on plans to grow and expand the charity, but put simply if any other buyer comes along, then all our past efforts will be in vain….we cannot allow this to happen.
Like so many charities we have begun looking at long term funding, might a bigger conservation organisation such as BBOWT, or even The RSPB want to consider what could be achieved? We simply don’t know yet.
One option regardless of these avenues is formally asking for people to remember us in their Will.
UK charities received over £2.5 in 2016 http://thirdforcenews.org.uk/tfn-news/brits-leave-2.5bn-to-charity-in-their-wills and we should be no exception, we have already had gifts without us putting the idea into people’s heads that we have to find a way to buy the lakes, pay for new hides, habitat improvement projects to take it from a good nature reserve to a fantastic one, and not forgetting the cost of managing the habitats on the site.
There is lots to think about and the impacts on our very constitution should we choose a path to land ownership, but for now, please do consider remembering us in your Will. Any gift to a charity is tax free and up to £3,000 per year can be donated out side of any legacy gift arrangement….your accountant can tell you all about it, or check out HMRC pages https://www.gov.uk/inheritance-tax/gifts