Monday 11 May 2015
The new equipment, from bow saws and hay forks to waders and wheelbarrows, will enable volunteers from Revive the Wye (RTW) to carry out vital conservation work along the river from West Wycombe to Bourne End. The equipment has been funded by four of Revive the Wye's key partners - the Chilterns Chalk Streams Project, Chiltern Society, The High Wycombe Society, Wycombe Wildlife Group. Another RTW partner, The Chiltern Rangers have kindly agreed to provide secure storage for the equipment.
At a short ceremony next to the River Wye on Kings Mead this afternoon, representatives of the funding partners handed over the equipment to RTW representatives, Mike Overall (Chairman) and Roger Wilding (Volunteer Co-ordinator).
In thanking the funding organisations Mike Overall said – “This equipment will make a world of difference to what RTW can achieve all along the River Wye corridor with our growing band of enthusiastic volunteers.” Roger Wilding added – “Until now, our volunteers have had to use tools and equipment, including the occasional pair of leaking waders, borrowed from other organisations. The new kit will enable the volunteers to undertake all their routine tasks, such as rubbish clearance and removing invasive non-native plants without having to collect equipment from various sources.”
Allen Beechey, Chalk Streams Project Officer from the Chilterns Conservation Board said –
“Chalk streams, like the River Wye and Hughenden Stream, are globally rare and support some of Britain’s most treasured wildlife, which is why the Chilterns Chalk Streams Project is proud to be able to support the excellent work that RTW volunteers do to improve this important river.”