‘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:


Live blog: Body found in hunt for Jed Allen following murder of family in Didcot

Oxford Mail:

8:11am Sunday 24th May 2015

Follow our Live and unrivalled coverage of the murder investigation in Didcot, updated throughout today

Man wanted after Didcot murders works for town council

Oxford Mail:

8:42am Monday 25th May 2015

THE MAN suspected of killing Philip Howard, Janet Jordon and Derin Jordon is employed as an apprentice gardener for Didcot Town Council.

Didcot murders: Smiling face of teenager with the sister he is suspected of killing

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Monday 25th May 2015

CRADLING his baby sister Derin, this is a teenage Jed Allen, the man suspected of killing her and their mother in a house in Didcot.

Didcot murders: More than 100 police officers hunt suspect in three killings

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Monday 25th May 2015

TRIPLE murder suspect Jed Allen was still being sought by police today in an operation involving more than 100 officers.

Good cheer as charity charioteers hit streets

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Monday 25th May 2015

HUNDREDS of villagers turned out to cheer on those taking part in the annual Bampton Shirt Race.

New recreation ground finally open for play time

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Monday 25th May 2015

AFTER more than two years in the planning, a former Second World War airfield in Oxford has been turned into a recreational paradise.

Missing: Police appeal to find Cowley woman Sandra McDonald

Oxford Mail:

3:06pm Monday 25th May 2015

POLICE are appealing for help to find a Cowley woman who has been missing for three days.

Top surgeon backs pro-Palestinian festival

Oxford Mail:

10:00am Monday 25th May 2015

AN OXFORD surgeon who performed Britain’s first successful heart transplant has backed the city’s first Palestine festival.

Locomotion gets festival fun moving

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Monday 25th May 2015

BANK holiday weekend events got off on the right track on Saturday as visitors celebrated the historic locomotives on show at Didcot Railway Centre.

Fears that new Frideswide Square ‘a hazard for blind’

Oxford Mail:

7:30am Monday 25th May 2015

A REVAMPED Frideswide Square in Oxford could become a no-go area for blind people, campaigners fear.

Dogs train alongside one another at special club

Oxford Mail:

7:30am Monday 25th May 2015

SADIE the golden retriever showed off her newest tricks at a training session at the Fair Weather Dog Training Club.

Troubled families will get more help with problems

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Monday 25th May 2015

THOUSANDS more families in Oxfordshire are set to be helped by a scheme aimed at people struggling with crime, employment, health and education.

Awe-struck crowds line city’s streets to see soldiers’ parade

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Monday 25th May 2015

FOR a moment you could have heard a pin drop as the men of 7th Battalion The Rifles lined up along St Giles.

Somewhere over the rainbow there’s a sea of charity runners

Oxford Mail:

6:30am Monday 25th May 2015

EXPLOSIONS of colour brightened up Cutteslowe Park yesterday as more than 700 runners were splattered with paint to raise money for a hospice.

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