Goodworth Clatford launch Riverside Project
18 Feb 2006
Visitors to the newly opened Riverside Project
Visitors to the newly opened Riverside Project
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The Chairman of Goodworth Clatford Parish Council, Dr Alan Lloyd-Davies, cuts the ribbon
The Chairman of Goodworth Clatford Parish Council, Dr Alan Lloyd-Davies, cuts the ribbon
Sir George paid tribute to Richard Ryder and his team of volunteers from the village for reclaiming a derelict site along the bak of the river, and converting into a riverside walk.

Goodworth Clatford's Riverside Project was awarded a grant of over £23,000 by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to build a footpath, boardwalk and educational viewing platform by the River Anton in the centre of the village. These new facilities will ensure that everyone will be able to get really close to this important natural habitat without disturbing the natural fauna and flora that thrives here.

Interpretation boards will be placed close to the educational viewing platform to help people really appreciate and understand the natural habitat that surrounds them, illustrating the natural and industrial heritage of the area.

“Few people realise that every lottery ticket has the potential to save the UK's landscapes, countryside and creatures,” commented Tessa Hilder, Regional Manager for the Heritage Lottery Fund. “In the last 10 years HLF has invested nearly £123 million in environmental projects, of which £26 million has been in South East England. This project is a great example of one of these projects, and illustrates how the environment around us is such an important part of our local heritage and community.”

The land, which is a site of interest for nature conservation (SINC), was overgrown at the moment but the funding enabled essential tree work to be carried out.
The land is behind The Royal Oak and the river is, from a nature and heritage point of view, very interesting. It is unusual to have a wooded area by a river where the bank and riverside has been relatively undisturbed and well colonised by a wide range of plants and animals. The path will be on the route of the disused railway and canal, and the boardwalk and platform will be constructed in sections off site and assembled on site to minimise disturbing the fragile nature of the soil.



 
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