TWO special open events will be held at a Frinton nature reserve to raise vital funds and help keep it open to the public.

Pedlars Wood will be opened in its entirety to visitors on May 4 and May 11.

The nature reserve is usually divided into two sections, with one open to the public and the other kept as a private half.

Owners of the picturesque woodland have set up the events to raise cash towards the mounting maintenance costs of the area.

Entry on the open days will be free, but people will be able to give donations for the experience.

Pedlars Wood owner Pam Garrad said: “I’m doing this to help maintain the wood.

“So much has to be done throughout the year to keep it open and the expense of tools and tree surgery does add up.

“It is a valuable commodity for the community and this is a chance for people to help us keep it going and have a wonderful experience there.

“The wood is looking absolutely beautiful at the moment and there is a lot to see. We have baby owls nesting and lots of bluebells.

“I hope to see a lot of people coming in to enjoy it and make a donation.”

The nature reserve will be open from 10am to 5pm on both Sundays.

Large groups can make an appointment or find out more by calling 01255 850664.