‘River of Life’ project marks first phase completion

Jayne Manley

Jayne Manley

First published in News

THE Earth Trust charity is marking the completion of the first phase of its River of Life project.

The charity is creating a new wetland nature reserve along a 2.5km stretch of the River Thames at Shillingford, near Wallingford.

Following the completion of landscaping work which started last year, phase two, to plant reedbeds and wildflower meadows, will now begin.

The trust wants to establish the nature reserve to support threatened wildlife, and improve the quality of river water.

It is expected to take several years to complete the scheme, which invovles about 50 hectares of Earth Trust land.

The project’s wetlands will also be better protected against flooding.

During phase three of the £1m project, a new pathway will be created through the area so that visitors can see the new habitats.

Earth Trust spokesman Jayne Manley said: “I’m thrilled that despite the weather causing the wettest winter on record, we have been able to achieve what we set out to do.

“We hope this project will serve as a model for encouraging people to learn about the importance of water and wetlands, while creating a safe haven for vulnerable wildlife.

Related links

“This is such a special project on so many different levels, and it wouldn’t have been made possible without the generosity of local people and grant making trusts.”

The new habitat will be linked with an existing area for wildlife, Little Wittenham Wood, which is a breeding site for great-crested newts.

The first phase of the River of Life was funded by the Environment Agency, Earth Trust supporters, members of the public and grant-making trusts.

  • Our top stories:


Oxfordshire ambulance services accused of "playing god" and "putting lives at risk" in new drug trial

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Tuesday 27th January 2015

CARDIAC arrest patients could be given a salt solution instead of adrenaline as part of a new medical trial in Oxfordshire.

Meningitis victim Charlotte Nott turns seven

Oxford Mail:

11:54am Tuesday 27th January 2015

Meningitis amputee Charlotte Nott has turned seven, with a growing sense of independence and is now able to balance a pen between the end of her arm and torso.

Police 'drugs raid' at house in Howard Street, East Oxford

Oxford Mail: Thames Valley Police logo

10:15am Tuesday 27th January 2015

POLICE are raiding an East Oxford house as part of a drugs investigation.

Selfless charity worker's life immortalised in print

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Tuesday 27th January 2015

FOR most people, feeding a family of five children and ten grandchildren would be enough to keep busy.

Council eyes up compulsory land deals to speed up road building

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Tuesday 27th January 2015

SWATHES of land could be bought by the county council for major road projects. Oxfordshire County Council is today set to approve powers for a series of compulsory purchase orders for land across Oxfordshire.

Couple still having no luck as they continue hunt for Puck

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Tuesday 27th January 2015

HAVE you seen Puck? He is a red squirrel, 15 centimetres tall, knitted and his owners are desperate to find him.

Nursery school is closed after allegations of physical abuse

Oxford Mail:

6:30am Tuesday 27th January 2015

A NORTH Oxford nursery school has been closed following allegations of children being physically abused.

Record numbers put plant at the ‘heart of the Mini empire’

Oxford Mail:

6:00am Tuesday 27th January 2015

OXFORD has been hailed as “the heart of the Mini empire” after it was revealed the Cowley plant produced the third highest number of cars in Britain last year.

City council tenants less than happy, says new survey

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Monday 26th January 2015

CITY council tenants’ satisfaction with their homes has plummeted over the past year.

Jayden Trial: Jake Blakeley accused of 'playing stupid' over Jayden Parkinson burial

Oxford Mail: Jake Blakeley, 18, from Didcot

5:00pm Monday 26th January 2015

A TEENAGER accused of knowingly digging holes to bury murdered Jayden Parkinson has been "playing stupid to win over the jury", the prosecution said.

One lane of London Road closed after manhole collapses

Oxford Mail: london rd alert

1:59pm Monday 26th January 2015

ONE lane of the London Road, Headington, has been closed after a manhole collapsed.

Relief for owners as missing cat is found 200 miles away from home

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Monday 26th January 2015

AN INTREPID missing cat has been found in Bicester, 200 miles from its home.

New Leys leisure complex proves to be a big hit

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Monday 26th January 2015

MORE than 12,000 people turned out for the official opening of the £9m Leys Pools and Leisure Centre at the weekend when fees were waived.

Universal free meals set to cost Oxfordshire schools £450,000

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Monday 26th January 2015

SCHOOLS in Oxfordshire are set to lose out on nearly £450,000 in extra funding.

Comments

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree