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Hull’s first nature reserve: Noddle Hill

Hundreds of people joined in the celebrations for the official opening of Hull’s first nature reserve.

A fun day took place at Noddle Hill to mark its local nature reserve status. And it has been so successful that organisers are hoping that it could become an annual event.

The reserve was officially opened by Hull North MP Diana Johnson and the Lord Mayor of Hull Councillor Colin Inglis and has been described as “the jewel in the crown of Bransholme”.

29 year old Dawn Tonge took her children Chantelle, 11, Bobby, 6, and Holly, 4 to the fun day and said: “It was brilliant, we had a really good day. I go there quite a lot and the kids love it.

“Saturday was good because a lot of what there was to do was free, which made a nice change.

“The kids went on the bouncy castle, horse and cart rides and they made some bird boxes, which they really enjoyed.”

There were a range of events at the fun day including pond dipping, bug hunting and guided walks.

Noddle Hill was awarded local nature reserve status by Hull City Council after ten years of hard work by volunteers.

Neighbourhood co-ordinator for the council’s North Carr area team, Mark Kenny, said the event had been a huge success.

He said: “I think there will be moves to make this an annual event.

“There were lots of people there, including lots of families and there was a really nice atmosphere. Of course, it helped that we got the weather too.

“The feedback from people was great. There were quite a few people who had never been before and some people who said they didn’t even know it existed.

“It was a big success and I am pretty sure everyone who was involved would be more than happy to take part again as it was good for everybody.”

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