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Picnics now on menu at reserve thanks to councillor's help

PUBLISHED: 10:36 11 March 2015 | UPDATED: 10:36 11 March 2015

Ixworth Robin's Copse volunteers Mike Dean, Ben Birrell and Nick Laughton, Nikola King Headteacher of Ixworth Free School, borough council leader John Griffiths, Matilda Birrell and Ryan Stiff.

Ixworth Robin's Copse volunteers Mike Dean, Ben Birrell and Nick Laughton, Nikola King Headteacher of Ixworth Free School, borough council leader John Griffiths, Matilda Birrell and Ryan Stiff.

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Picnics are now on the menu at the Robins Copse wildlife reserve in Ixworth after a councillor donated money for tables and benches.

Robins Copse was bought by Ixworth Parish Council around 30 years ago and is maintained and supported by volunteers, including pupils from Ixworth Free School.

St Edmundsbury Borough Council leader John Griffiths, who is the member for the Ixworth area, donated £750 for a table and two benches from his £2,500 locality budget.

He said: “Robins Copse is a valuable wildlife amenity not just for the community of Ixworth, but surrounding villages as well.

“The tables and benches will be in place by the late spring or early summer ready for visitors to relax and enjoy this beautiful, tranquil setting.”

Parish councillor Nick Laughton said: “There is a plateau close to the free school which is ideal for this picnic area as it offers a fantastic view of the rest of the nature reserve.

“We are very grateful to Mr Griffiths.”

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