Saltney Sense of Place
Work has started to improve a rural site on River Lane in Saltney after funds
were secured by Flintshire Countryside Service.
The site, owned by Flintshire County Council and Natural Resources Wales is
being developed with funding from the Rural Development Programme and support
from Cadwyn Clwyd, Rural Development Agency for Flintshire and Denbighshire,
who has provided 70 percent of the funds. The initial project will cost
approximately £30,000. The project is paid for through the European
Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) through the Welsh Government’s
Rural Development Plan and is part of a three-year plan to revitalise rural
communities and their economies.
The money will be used to manage the trees and remove scrub to enable the
installation of a circular limestone dust path, a hedgerow for the wildlife,
some artwork and a viewpoint.
Coastal ranger Karen Rippin is managing the project for Flintshire Countryside
Service: “The viewpoint offers exceptional views of the river, including bird
activity and the Dee bore. There will be a link to the cycle path and there
will be a community link plaque by artist Mike Johnson who is currently working
with the local community and school groups on the design.”
The hedgerow was planted with assistance from CAIS Peer Mentoring and CAIS
For visitors there will be an information point highlighting wildlife and
heritage, artwork, two mooring benches, hedgerows, fencing and creation of a
new wildlife habitat.
Councillor Bernie Attridge, Cabinet Member for Environment said: “Developing
this site will reconnect the Saltney and Saltney Ferry communities to the river
with a recreational facility for the local community and visitors to the area.
It will be a place for families to walk and cycle together and explore the
coast path with an unimpeded view of the river.”
Sarah Jones, Environment and Heritage Officer from Cadwyn Clwyd said: “This
project will help to provide a resource for local residents to enjoy and
appreciate what is actually on their doorstep. It will also help to encourage a
sense of ownership of the site by the local community.”
The Saltney Sense of Place project has been funded by Cadwyn Clwyd through the
European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) through the Welsh
Government’s Rural Development Plan.
Photo caption: Work in progress at River Lane.