Why is PCNT private land?

To restate the aim of the PCNT again, it is to make this a very special place for residents to have a tranquil nature spot and to protect a valuable natural habitat.

Access will be along the nature walk but the rest of the site will be protected to allow the wild life to flourish undisturbed. There will be an observation deck at the end of the path that will overlook the water.

To make all this possible, the PCNT trust was formed to own and manage the land after the RRT finished their work. Central to the success of this project is the involvement of the Primrose community.

The Council has supported this project but they are not responsible for what happens on the site . We will have to mobilise a good team of volunteers to help keep the site free from litter, act as wardens, maintain and extend the planting and help with any minor repairs to fencing that may be needed.

Phase 2?

Yes, we are already thinking about the next phase and we are keen to gather the ideas and thoughts of the community. Although our heads are down and focussed on completing the current plans we have some exciting ideas we would like to share and gather yours. We will be inviting people to an ideas meeting when it is safe to do so, but in the meantime please contact us through the website if you have ideas to share.

Interesting Fact of the Month

Only 1% of the rivers in England, Scotland and Wales are free of artificial barriers.

Barriers prevent rivers acting in the way nature intended. Fish are prevented from migrating; sediment accumulates in unnatural patterns; flooding can worsen; and water temperature can change. This can have a terrible effect on ecosystem function, reducing biodiversity and the delivery of the natural ecosystem. We will still have a barrier but the new fish pass will help us improve this poor statistic. Initially the pass will allow trout and eels to move up and down the river but also we hope other species will follow in the future.

Low Carbon Beautiful Bridges Two Monet style bridges will be a highlight of the nature walk path and will allow the walker to cross the 2 sections of the river. The bridges are made from Accoya, a very special wood that is essentially a sustainable softwood that has been specially treated to behave like hardwood and has less than a tenth of the carbon footprint of steel. The other good news is that the Timber Research Development Council has given it a life span of a minimum of 70 years.

Volunteers We are very grateful to all the volunteers who have registered to help PCNT. So far we have not been calling upon your help with the exception of the initial litter picking as the site has been unsafe and coronavirus has made this even more difficult. If the positive progress with fighting the disease continues and as we near the opening date we hope we can restart volunteering. We are hoping we will be able to have a Balsam bash to keep on top of this blight and there is more litter that will need clearing.

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