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The Riverside Inn Becomes Nature Reserve Guardian

In a distinctive initiative, the Riverside Inn in at Aymestrey is taking on the role of nature reserve guardian by contributing to the restoration of The Goggin Nature Reserve near Richard’s Castle, a significant biodiversity hotspot.

The acclaimed pub, known for its commitment to supporting nature, is generously donating £5k to enhance habitat at this unique reserve owned by Herefordshire Wildlife Trust. Encompassing just over 5.5 acres, the reserve is notable for its diverse wildlife habitats, including meadow, broadleaf woodland, hedgerow, and scrub.

The Riverside Inn sits on the banks of the river Lugg, and Chef/Patron Andy Link is keen to help increase the biodiversity there as well. A series  of fundraising events at the pub are being planned and will revolve around talks on nature and a chance to try one of his hugely popular tasting menus.

“The Goggin is a wonderful little reserve, but with a few tweaks could be an even better haven for wildlife.  This is where we stepped in, as Herefordshire Wildlife Trust needed urgent funds to bring these habitat improvements to fruition. I guess it’s an unusual move for a pub to step in to create this kind of impact, but here at the Riverside we have a long history of helping nature, from providing hedgehog houses in our grounds, to growing pollinator friendly plants, to planting native hedging and a traditional orchard for the benefit of wildlife. The Goggin is particularly special to me, as I grew up on a farm not far away.  It’s also within walking distance of the pub, so our guests can visit. In conjunction with Herefordshire Wildlife Trust, we will be planting natural hedging along part of the river bank, creating reed beds and leaky dams to create wetland patches that are so hugely important for biodiversity.”

Andy Link, chef/patron at The Riverside

“The Goggin is a very special place, kindly gifted to us in the will of John Bayliss in 2021.  We have been keen to find the funds to make this lovely nature reserve even more beneficial for nature, and we are delighted that The Riverside Inn has become our first Nature Reserve Guardian to do just that.  In the years to come, yet more species will frequent this site, providing a haven in a world that is sadly seeing the decline of so many species.”

Jamie Audsley, CEO of Herefordshire Wildlife Trust

The Riverside is an award-winning, luxury sustainable Inn and restaurant, nestled in the heart of North Herefordshire on the edge of the Mortimer Forest and surrounded by the natural beauty of the River Lugg.

Winner of numerous awards for its delicious and sustainable food, this authentic 16th-century black and white building exudes charm and character. Whether you’re seeking a light lunch, dinner, a memorable dining experience, or a stay in the luxurious accommodation on offer, you will always have a truly special experience. Find out more here

Find out more about the work of Herefordshire Wildlife Trust here