Naomi House & Jacksplace visit the Swanwick Lakes

Children and young people at Naomi House & Jacksplace enjoyed a special trip to the Wildlife Trust’s Swanwick Lakes nature reserve in the summer.

Thanks to new more accessible paths, we were able take part in a range of activities led by Wildlife Trust staff - including pond dipping, clay modelling, photography and even hapa zome (leaf bashing art).

The visit was made possible thanks to recent accessibility improvements at the reserve. With the support of infrastructure company AMEY, landowners NATS and local authority Hampshire County Council, the paths were given a new lease of life.

As a result people with limited mobility are now better able to enjoy the accessible paths around the study centre, the upgraded pond dipping area and peaceful lake and the rich wildlife on the reserve.

Dawn Preston, Education Officer at Swanwick Lakes said:

The resurfaced paths and surround to our pond dipping area have been used by nearly a thousand visiting children and adults since the works were completed last summer, and the improvements have also been greatly appreciated by our visiting members of the public and families of all ages.

The smooth, wide accessible paths and areas are particularly valued by our visitors with limited mobility as this enables them to access the sights and sounds of the pond, lake and wooded area and it’s wildlife with ease. The day spent with the children, young adults and staff from Naomi House & Jacksplace was a great way to celebrate how the path improvements have increased our ability to welcome all visitors to the reserve. We are looking forward to seeing them at the Centre and reserve again next year!