Families and staff joined East Devon District Council’s deputy portfolio holder for the environment, Cllr Peter Faithful and Exmouth town councillors Olly Davey and Mike Rosser for the opening of Hillcrest Community Nature Reserve.

On Saturday 15th June, people of all ages enjoyed a day of outdoor activities to mark the opening of Hillcrest Community Nature Reserve.

Cllr Peter Faithful, East Devon’s deputy portfolio holder for the environment, said:

This special wild space, in the heart of Exmouth, provides an important wildlife corridor through the town. It makes a great place for families to get close to nature.

Tim Dafforn, East Devon’s countryside team leader, said:

We’re thrilled to take on the ownership and management of this new nature reserve within the Withycombe Valley for local people to enjoy.

Debs Rylands, Wild Exmouth ranger said:

We were delighted to see adults and children alike exploring the new nature reserve.

The opening of this new green space, coincides with the launch of Wild Exmouth. It’s a new project which will improve the town’s environment and encourage residents to enjoy nature and the great outdoors.

It’s a fantastic opportunity to get involved in fun activities as well as making the town a haven for wildlife. Join in rockpool rambles, tree-planting, ‘plogging’ (jogging and picking up litter!), sharing your ideas and much more.

Visit the website for more information https://eastdevon.gov.uk/countryside/wild-exmouth/.  Follow @WildExmouth on facebook and twitter to find out more.