Token scheme to boost new centre

Bittern © Roger Wilmshurst Sussex Wildlife Trust

Sussex Wildlife Trust is to receive a boost from a supermarket’s in-store community scheme.

The trust said it was “delighted” that nine Waitrose & Partners branches across the county have got behind its new Rye Harbour Discovery Centre through the chain’s community matters green token scheme.

The company decided to support the centre after a team of Waitrose staff, led by Crowborough manager Matthew Street, spent a day volunteering at Rye Harbour Nature Reserve with reserve manager Barry Yates.

Matthew said: “We wanted to do something practical to help with nature conservation, and had a fantastic time clearing the reedbeds.

“But we’d like to do more. That’s why we’re keen to support the campaign for the discovery centre in our stores.”

Reedbeds are home to wildlife including the rare bittern, whose booming call can be heard from over two miles away.

The Discovery Centre, a joint project between Sussex Wildlife Trust and the Friends of Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, will encourage visitors’ enjoyment all year round.

Picture: A bittern © Roger Wilmshurst Sussex Wildlife Trust