Successful re-opening of College Lake Nature Reserve

On 12 September South West Lakes Trust celebrated the re-opening of College Lake Nature Reserve and its western footpath.
Closed to public access for over twelve years due to inaccessible paths the site is now open for local residents and visitors alike to enjoy. College is a quiet site with a variety of habitats including wet woodland, standing water and broadleaf woodland. It is host to much wildlife including a good bird population, otters and a variety of bat species.
Keith Bungay, Chair of Trustees for South West Lakes Trust and Gillian Grant, Penryn Town Mayor official re-opened the Nature Reserve and its western footpath. The event was well attended including representative from TCV, SITA, Tanner Trust, Penryn
College and Budock Parish Council. Catherine Mead, High Sheriff was also present as were a number of volunteers who have worked tirelessly to give the public the opportunity to finally enjoy this fantastic site.
South West Lakes Trust secured funding from SITA Cornwall Trust, with support also from The Tanner Trust, Penryn Town Council, Mabe Parish Council and the Cornwall Council Community Grant Scheme, supported by Cllr Chris Ridgers. SWLT also contributed funds from its conservation projects budget.
SWLT Director, Evelyn Stacey said ‘The Trust was delighted to secure from South West Water a long lease on the College Nature Reserve and to get so much support from local people to re-establish a walk through this very special woodland beside the lake. It’s a birdwatcher’s paradise and will provide wonderful countryside views whatever the season – whether it’s the bluebells, ferns or extraordinary lichens. I hope that everyone in the locality will get pleasure from this beautiful place for many years to come and we hope to build up an online database of photographs, for all to enjoy.’
The contract to create the new path was awarded to The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) formally the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers. TCV’s Practical Projects Officer, Tom David, supported SWLT in the development of the project and has worked extremely hard with volunteers to deliver the project on the ground.
Tom David said ‘The Conservation Volunteers are delighted to have supported South West Lakes Trust in this project, it was a big task and a credit to all those involved. The majority of work has been done with hand tools and hard labour. It is extremely pleasing to see this lovely site re-open and for TCV to have contributed to this achievement.’
The new path is now accessible from either College Dam or via the entrance track off the road between Argal & College and winds it way along bank of the Lake. The path links with Public Footpaths offering walkers the opportunity to walk into Penryn or to create a
circular walk back to Argal. The Trust reminds visitors that parking and toilet
facilities are located at Argal Lake only.
SITA Cornwall Trust is a funding organisation that supports community and environmental improvement projects. It supports community improvement projects around landfill sites managed by the waste management company SITA UK and the Environment Agency throughout Cornwall

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