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Berkshire wildlife to benefit from John Lewis Reading customers and Partners

Wednesday 22nd March 2017

Vicky Boatman from John Lewis Reading presents the cheque to Alex Cruickshank from BBOWT. Pic: Wendy Tobitt

Wildlife on Shepperlands Farm, a nature reserve in countryside between Reading and Bracknell, will benefit from a £1,000 donation from the John Lewis Reading Community Matters scheme.

During December John Lewis customers visiting the restaurant in Reading’s Broad Street store placed tokens in the Community Matters box to support the Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust.

“John Lewis Reading Partners selected Shepperlands Farm at the western end of Nine Mile Ride as the nature reserve is local to where our Partners live and is an area that many regularly visit,” said Vicky Boatman, Community Liaison Coordinator at John Lewis Reading.

Alex Cruickshank, Senior Land Manager for Berkshire at the Wildlife Trust is pictured above accepting the cheque on Tuesday 21st March from Vicky Boatman. “Shepperlands Farm with its mix of heather glades and traditional flower meadow is very popular with local people,” he said.

“We are very grateful to John Lewis customers who chose the Wildlife Trust in the Community Matters scheme and to the John Lewis Partners who selected Shepperlands as their favourite nature reserve.

“The Wildlife Trust took on the management of Shepperlands Farm from Len and Marie Goodwin, who recognised just how special their corner of Berkshire is. In summer it is a paradise for butterflies and grasshoppers among the wild flowers and heathland.”