Council bosses tour new warden’s base at Saltwells Nature Reserve

Senior council leaders visited Saltwells National Nature Reserve last week to see the newly assembled Warden’s Base.

The £450,000 base was delivered in pieces and assembled on site last week. An internal fit-out still needs to happen, before the base opens for use by the wardens, friends group, volunteers and pre-booked community activities in the New Year.

The building will provide a much-needed base for Dudley Council’s wardens and people who volunteer at the 247 acre green space. It will also act as an education centre for school groups and community activities and sessions. Councillor Karen Shakespeare, cabinet member for environmental, highways and street services, said:

"It’s all coming together at Saltwells, this new base will really help the wardens and also means that our invaluable friends and volunteers will also have somewhere to meet and work from.

"The main work is done now that the base is on site, it’s just a case of sorting the interior and doing some landscaping and the base should be ready in the New Year.

"The site work and internal fit out is expected to be completed in the New Year and landscaping will follow. The wardens are hoping to start booking in visits for community groups in the new year as covid-restrictions allow."

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