£5,000 grant awarded to The River Tamar Walkway & Wetland Project

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Teal on wetland pond, Calstock Wetlands

Tamar Community Trust is delighted to announce that the Cornwall Community Foundation has approved a grant of £5,000 towards the construction of a walkway at Calstock.

 

As part of Calstock Flood Defence Scheme, the Environment Agency is to breach the redundant embankment at Calstock to create a 14ha intertidal habitat. The scheme was devised to protect the centre of Calstock from rising sea levels and the risk of catastrophic flooding. This breach will cut across the Tamar Valley Discovery Trail which is a nationally promoted long-distance walking route through the Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a part of the desire to achieve a coast to coast link to enable a complete circuit of Cornwall in association with the South West Coast Path Association.

 

The River Tamar Walkway and Wetland Project was created to raise funds and build a walkway spanning the breach enabling the continuance of this vital Trail. It is anticipated that the breach will be made in September/October 2021 and construction of the walkway starting this summer.

 

Jane Kiely, Chairperson of the Tamar Community Trust, said: “This has been an exciting, if not demanding, project but with so many interested groups pulling together, as well as Calstock Parish Council and Cornwall Council, we are sure this will be a good outcome for Calstock. There has been so much interest in the newly created wetlands and a fledgling group of bird watchers has a Facebook page and membership over 200 with such a lot of interest in the wildlife – little ring plover, snipe, little egret, and wonderful photos being posted.

 

Jane continues: “We have about half the amount of funding we need and are awaiting answers to various bids we have put in, and this £5,000 from Cornwall Community Foundation is very welcome.”

 

Donna Wheadon, Grants Officer for the Cornwall Community Foundation says, “The Cornwall Community Foundation are delighted to have been able to support the initiative of a raised boardwalk, across the Tamar Valley Discovery Trail, which in turn will create a wide range of benefits to the local area. At a time where we have all utilised the outdoors a lot more, we could not think of a better project to invest in.”

 

For more information on the Tamar Community Trust, please visit https://tamarcommunitytrust.wordpress.com/

 

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