Bernews: Campaign to ‘Buy Back’ Southampton Land
Buy Back Bermuda, a collaborative initiative between the Bermuda Audubon Society and the Bermuda National Trust, announces a “$1.5 million campaign to create a public nature reserve at the recently acquired 10 acres in Southampton, and to maintain it and other Buy Back Bermuda nature reserves for the enjoyment of all.”
A spokesperson said, “Buy Back Bermuda strives to acquire land that is threatened by development, to conserve habitats for biodiversity, natural open space for human health and enjoyment, and to mitigate climate change.”
“An exceptional individual gift, and funds from our acquisition account has boosted Buy Back Bermuda into first gear to restore ten pristine rural acres of arable fields, woodland and spectacular coastline at High Point in Southampton,” said Jennifer Gray, Chair of Buy Back Bermuda.
“This site was long at the top of Buy Back Bermuda’s list of prospects to save and was on the market with in-principal approval for development of three detached dwellings and an estate road. It is a dream come true to be able to save this stunning piece of land from development. The property holds incredible value in terms of recreation, agriculture and biodiversity.”
“The $1.5 million campaign is needed to make this beautiful property available for the public to enjoy and to reclaim it from invasive species, restoring this and all Buy Back Bermuda nature reserves. We must have a maintenance fund to ensure the best possible protection for wildlife whilst providing places of beauty, serenity and environmental learning for the whole Bermuda community today and for generations to come.”
“We will be counting on gifts at all levels from across the community and encourage everyone to visit www.buybackbermuda.bm for details on how to donate. For Christmas, give your loved ones the gift that keeps on giving – you can make a donation in their name and get a certificate certifying that they are a supporter of Buy Back Bermuda Campaign Three.”