I remember summer holidays. Often I would be sitting on a warm summer's day on a beach somewhere thinking about going for a swim but deciding to snooze a bit longer under the parasol. Finally I would energise myself to go for that swim and I would lethargically get up and move. But the tide had gone out; it was too late. I would have to walk a long way to get to open water over rocky sea bed to achieve my goal and inevitable I gave up.
The tide has gone out. The State of Nature report tells us of the decline. We are at the end game, we have to walk over a lot of rocky areas to reach the sea. In other words we are going to have to put in a lot of hard yards to reverse the decline of nature we have all been so complacent about.
The Parish Council has, since 2016, been monitoring the ownership of the woods. Somerset County Council owned a particularly important area next to and behind the jewel in the crown, a piece of woodland owned and conserved by a far sighted member of our community. In 2018 this Council land was to be sold. The PC asked for it to be transferred to the community as a community asset (this piece of land is a major contributor to water run off and flooding in Water Street- see the PC risk register for details). However the request, stressing the importance of preserving the ecosystem and preventing water run off, was unsuccessful.
The PC has the support of a group who are working hard to improve tree cover in South Somerset. Our district has the lowest tree cover of almost any district in the Country(Country not County) so Curry Woods are priceless and we must protect them.
Come with us, walk over that rocky sea bed to find the tide. Together we can again swim in the natural pool that was there only a few short decades ago.
Curry Rivel Parish Council