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Ringwood nature reserve created by Raymond Brown family
Raymond Brown nature reserve
The new reserve is around three acres in size

A new nature reserve has been opened in Ringwood as a lasting memorial to a local businessman.

The reserve has been created by the family of Raymond Brown, who ran a civil engineering company in the town.

Mr Brown died last year, and his family wanted to pay tribute to his interest in the natural environment and his help for voluntary projects in the town.

They funded work to create the reserve on a triangle of land owned by the town council.

The reserve takes in the area between the Castleman Trailway and the Bickerley Millstream which Mr Raymond's home overlooked.

It was formally opened by Raymond Brown's widow Pola Brown on Wednesday - the first anniversary of his death.

"Very proud"

Raymond Brown's widow officially opening the reserve
Raymond Brown's widow officially opened the reserve

His daughter, Susan, said: "My father would have been very proud to be remembered in this way. To have a nature reserve named after him is a fitting tribute to a man who had such a great love of the countryside."

Access to the nature reserve is from the existing Dorset county Council route - the Castleman Trailway.

In order to protect ground nesting birds during the late spring and early Summer, and over-wintering birds, the reserve will only be open for public access during the months of July, August and September.

It will be closed to public access for the remainder of the year, but viewing points are being arranged so birds can been seen in their natural environment.

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