Testwood Lakes, near Southampton, is a valuable water resource for Hampshire and a haven for wildlife.
Southern Water has been working in partnership with the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust at the site to since 2002 to manage the nature, conservation and recreational aspects of Testwood Lakes.
At the event on Friday (29 June), New Forest East MP Dr Julian Lewis, CEO of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Trust Debbie Tann and Southern Water CEO Ian McAulay were joined by more than 20 guests to celebrate the successful partnership and look ahead to many more years of collaboration.
Ian McAulay, Southern Water CEO, said: “Over the past 15 years, many thousands of people have been able to connect with the wild world around them at Testwood Lakes.
“The site is a perfect example of the way water sources can be engineered to provide resilient supplies to customers and also be a haven for wildlife.
“We are proud of this flagship partnership with Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust and are grateful for their many years of support.”
The Wildlife Trust is the nation’s most active and influential nature conservation partnership protecting wildlife in every part of the UK.
Debbie Tann, Chief Executive at Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, said: “It’s inspiring what can be achieved through partnership. Testwood Lakes is a shining example of how commercial development can and should give back more than it takes from nature.
“This site has been transformed through the hard work of staff and volunteers from a bare gravel pit to the incredibly vibrant wildlife haven that it is today. But we are proud not only of the wonderful array of plants, birds, dragonflies and butterflies but also of the important role that Testwood Lakes plays in the lives of so many children, families and local people who are able to benefit from this natural oasis on their doorstep”.