Schoolchildren cut the ribbon on new Chasewater boardwalk

A new boardwalk at Chasewater Country Park has been opened by local schoolchildren.

The ribbon was cut by pupils from Chasetown Community School earlier this month.

Eleanor Pickard (from Natural England who funded the boardwalk and info board) cutting the ribbon. The chaps at the back are (left to right): Ian Karnes (Deputy Head of Chasetown Community School), Dave Knowles (The Forest of Mercia) and Chris Walsh (Biodiversity Officer for Lichfield District Council)

Eleanor Pickard (from Natural England who funded the boardwalk and info board) cutting the ribbon. The chaps at the back are (left to right): Ian Karnes (Deputy Head of Chasetown Community School), Dave Knowles (The Forest of Mercia) and Chris Walsh (Biodiversity Officer for Lichfield District Council)

Funded by Natural England, the wooden boardwalk has been constructed over a stretch of wet lowland heathland. It will help the council to protect the fragile flora and fauna, which was being damaged by people’s footsteps.

So that nature enthusiasts can learn more about the site,Lichfield District Council also unveiled an information panel entitled Wetland Walk next to the boardwalk. This gives visitors a brief history of the heathland, and lists some of the rare plants and animals visitors could spot in the area.

Councillor Neil Roberts, Cabinet Member for Development Services, said:

“As a Site of Special Scientific Interest, it’s the council’s responsibility to conserve this endangered habitat, and I am delighted the boardwalk has been officially opened. I hope lots of people enjoy using it and will find the information panel useful.”

In celebration of the grand opening, Lichfield District Council’s Biodiversity Officer, Chris Walsh, and Dave Knowles, from The Forest of Mercia, helped 16 pupils to create a series of beautiful willow and birch sculptures. The deer, birds and dragon flies, created by the nine and ten year olds, run along the boardwalk and are on display for everyone to enjoy.

Cllr Roberts added:

“I would like to thank Natural England for their funding of the boardwalk and information panel, and the children of Chasetown Community School for all their hard work in creating these marvellous sculptures.”

The boardwalk runs alongside Chasewater Country Park’s Education Centre and can be reached from Pool Road.

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