Saturday 15th February 2020 will be remembered for storm Dennis, which brought misery to many. On that day, the CWCT held an open all day meeting to highlight how these dramatic new weather events will affect Curry Rivel and what it intends to do to mitigate these effects. On the same day we also first heard the Met Office describing "atmospheric rivers" – the earth's new higher temperature now allows rivers in the sky; the Met Office said storm Dennis was 2000 kilometers long and held as much water as the Amazon (the river not the internet firm). As that river reaches land from the Atlantic it rises – this leads to it cooling and bingo, down comes the rain.
Enormous thanks to all those who donated and to Lady Gass, (Chair of the Fairfield Trust). Names, of all who donated and who give permission, will be displayed on a board, at the entrance to the land at Curry Woods. With this wonderful success, we embark on a final push to raise the last £20000 to buy the land. We are confident we can do this and urge anyone wishing to join this massive community project to go to our website, cwctrust.simplesite.com, download a pledge form and a gift aid form (if you pay tax) and fill it in. Please send completed forms to CWCT, The Woods, Hellards Hill Lane, Curry Rivel, TA10 0PW. Don't worry, there is a house there, it's not just a letterbox on a tree.....
Secondly, we are very excited to announce that Mr Tim Schroder has volunteered to open the Burton Pynsent monument to visitors in aid of the trust. The date will be announced later, once planning is further advanced, but it will be in late June or July. For those of you who have not climbed the monument and seen the view from the top this is a treat you must not miss. By this time, of course, the Trust will own the Curry Woods and will be able to conduct walks within the woods on the same weekend, so you will be able to see what your efforts have secured.
Finally do visit the Climate Adaption project display in the Ridgeway Hall, Langport on 29th February.
Watch this space for more information on our upcoming events, showcasing our work on adapting to climate change and enhancing biodiversity in Curry Rivel.