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Do it yourself nature reserve

Lake at Alne nature reserve
David Newton spent seven years singlehandedly creating his own nature reserve

Nature lover, David Newton, from Alne in North Yorkshire was so keen to encourage a wide range of flora and fauna on his property that he spent seven years single-handedly creating a nature reserve and lake, complete with an island and a wood.

The keen conservationist began the project because he was disappointed that so much of the natural habitat in his local area had been destroyed because of various government policies.

Although he had never used a digger before, David taught himself the necessary skills and then began his huge conservation task:

"It was after the destruction of the surrounding habitat, I decided I would plant a wood and the wood got bigger and bigger.

"Then I decided that I would like a pond, which got bigger and bigger! The whole project just kept on growing."

David Newton
Although he had never used a digger David taught himself the skills

For about three or four years, David says, creating the reserve rather took over his life.

Somehow, though, he managed to fit in other interests, one of which is membership of the White Rose Thirsk Camcorder Club.

When his fellow club members were looking for somewhere to go on filming trips, David mentioned his nature reserve and they asked if they could film it as a project.

David reluctantly agreed and the club was so impressed with his work that they arranged for world famous conservationist, Dr David Bellamy, to make a special visit to Thirsk to personally present him with a DVD of the 25 minute film.

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