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Our need for Donations and Gifts

LWT is a charity managed entirely by volunteers, run on annual subscriptions and receives no funding from the borough council. We do apply for funding from time to time, most recently we were successful in applying to Thames Water in 2017 for a project carried out over a year, to improve Lavell’s Tern scrape, excavate new reed beds, create a wet grass meadow and install new fencing and viewing screens.

But a large majority of our conservation work is done through volunteer work parties and while we get great support and permission to do our work from Dinton Pastures Countryside Service, access to their tools are is dwindling, meaning we need funds to buy and maintenance our own tools.

Coupled with we carry out a multitude of task over a typical year, these include:

  • year-round feeding for tits and finches
  • cutting and managing Phragmites reed-beds
  • maintenance and repair of hides, paths and fences
  • maintaining Sand Martin wall
  • maintaining Tern rafts
  • cutting back vegetation to keep attracting wildfowl and waders
  • scrub and tree management (35-40% of our annual tasks)
  • planting new shrubs

If you can help fund our work, please donate to LWT either by;

  • using the Paypal button below
  • send a cheque  to The Treasurer, Lavell’s Wetland Trust, c/o Dinton Pastures Countryside Service, Davis Street, Hurst, Reading, RG10 0TH
  • make a bank transfer to: Lavell’s Wetland Trust, HSBC, 26 Broad Street, Reading, RG1 2BU:  sort code 40-38-04; account 95012716 (please add the reference “LWT conservation”)
  • remember LWT in your will to continue our work into the future – see details below

If you would like to discuss our work or making a donation, please contact LWT’s secretary

Your donation will be worth 25% more to LWT if you can gift aid it. If you are a UK taxpayer and have not already made a declaration to LWT, please send us your Gift Aid Declaration.

Larger annual financial gifts while you are alive

You can of course give substantial money away while you are alive, any gift to a charity is tax free and up to £3,000 per year can be donated out side of any legacy gift arrangement….your accountant, or financial adviser can tell you all about it, or check out HMRC pages

Remember LWT in your Will and leave a ‘Legacy Gift’ – Securing the long term future of Lea Farm Lake (LFL)

Lea Farm Lake (LFL) is about to be bought (November 2018) and given to LWT by Ron Bryant – an amazing gift that will ensure that the lake and the perimeter stays a protected nature reserve forever.

LFL will require initial investment, in the form of stock fencing all around it’s perimeter, we are proposing a raised access path to fantastic new hides overlooking substantial reed beds and expansive shallow water areas in the North East corner and islets along the Eastern shoreline, all of which are going to attract waders, wildfowl and many other species at different times of year, all of which will be enjoyed at close quarters from the comfort our new high specification hides.

Managing and insuring the LFL and Lavell’s will increase overheads and while we hope to grow membership to 500 or more, it is likely we will need to increase annual subscription rates to sustain the charity’s work and deliver our amazing vision for the future.

The long term challenges

We face issues of disturbance to the site from sheep farming from September to March and we are trying to come to arrangements so that the farmer does not charge around the edge of the lake on a quad bike, we will try to put a stop to this when we own the track, but the farmer will still have the right of access.

The long term issue is what happens when methane stops coming out of the landfill and even thought this might not be until 2045, when it does, the site potentially becomes viable as business park, or housing development. Whilst it’s not guaranteed this will happen, we must face the fact that if this happens the impact on LFL would probably be devastating and we must plan now to avoid it at all costs.

What can we do?

LWT must either negotiate leasing the nearest part of the landfill and investigate how we can buy it when the current liabilities are no longer an issue and ideally take Lodge Wood Lake at the same time.

In 2017 the landfill guide price was £925,000.00, but we only need to secure about a fifth of the area, just the part we can see immediately from Ron’s hide, if they would split it that way? In today’s money that would be about about £200,000.00, but not forgetting they also wanted £174,000.00 for Lodge Wood and Lodge Wood Lake.

Can we raise nearly £400,000.00? I believe we can, Ron Bryant has inspired so many of us that anything is possible if you see the dream and believe we can make it a reality.

We can all help make the dream come true

If one man like Ron can buy a lake and gift it to us, imagine what 1,000 or even 5,000 people could do? We just need to find more people to help us guarantee that the whole Lea Farm area is secured forever as a fantastic nature reserve, free from potential development in 25-50 years, free from disturbance of farming, free to let nature thrive.

Leave us a gift in your Will

UK charities received over £2.5 billion in 2016 from gifts in Wills and now we are a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO), LWT should be no exception.

So right now are asking for people to remember us in their Will and want to give some pointers for people find the right place for them to either get a Will if they haven’t got one yet, or amend their existing one if they do want help.

Around 60% of Britons don’t have a Will

If you don’t have a Will, contact LWT by email and we will send you details of how you can create one using a fully legal Will online. Many of you know our chairman also works in this field.

If you do have a Will and you know it is up to date, all you need to do is contact your solicitor and add a ‘codicil’ adding Lavell’s Wetland Trust to receive a specific gift of any amount you choose. You can make a gift on either a first, or second passing, or even both. Please be sure to add our charity number (1176960) so that LWT is guaranteed to benefit.

If you want to find a local solicitor, visit the Law Society website at Solicitor prices are highly variable, it may be a good idea to check the Money Advice Service or Which websites for further guidance.