Work to repair the river bank at the British Canoeing owned piece of land on the River Dart has been completed. Boulders to secure the bank and prevent further erosion have been put in place as well as landscaping and reseeding of the grass.
The work was carried out as a thanks to the generous donations from clubs, paddlers and local swimmers around the South West. In total, just over £15,000 was raised, which also included a grant from Sport England.
Owned by British Canoeing, the site at Holne Bridge is used by hundreds of paddlers each year and is a valuable access point to the river for those tackling the popular ‘Dart Loop’. It is also a very valued spot for local swimmers, many of whom have been keen to offer their help in working with British Canoeing to protect the site in future.
Peter Thorn, Regional Waterway Advisor for the South West has overseen the work which has taken place in recent weeks.
“We are really pleased with how the repair work has turned out. When in spate, the River Dart can be really powerful, so hopefully we have done what we can to protect the bank and prevent the erosion getting any worse.”
The area around the repair work will remain fenced off for the foreseeable future, to allow for the grass to regenerate. While paddlers are still able to launch and land at this location, anyone using the site is asked to respect the fenced off areas to give the bank time to grow back.
The work at Holne and previously at Symonds Yat in 2019 shows that British Canoeing is committed to securing these places for generations to come. Most importantly, we are so lucky to have the team of volunteers on the ground who are committed to being our eyes and ears as well as being hands on day to day.– Ben Seal, Places to Paddle Manager
Places to Paddle Manager, Ben Seal said:
“British Canoeing is really proud to be the custodian of its portfolio of places to paddle sites.
“Each location has its own management challenges. The work at Holne and previously at Symonds Yat in 2019 shows that British Canoeing is committed to securing these places for generations to come. Most importantly, we are so lucky to have the team of volunteers on the ground who are committed to being our eyes and ears as well as being hands on day to day.”
British Canoeing wishes to express sincere thanks to all those who kindly donated to the repair work and to the volunteers who have been involved. If you are interested in helping to manage the site at Holne Bridge in future, we would be keen to hear from you.
Local volunteers are invaluable in maintaining the British canoeing places to paddle. Please contact Peter Thorn on [email protected]