Douglas Friends Tawd Walk

This week, Friends of Tawd Valley had the honour of showing off the Tawd Valley Park to some of our Douglas Catchment Partnership friends.

We started off with a walk along the river, taking in sights and sounds that the valley had to offer. We trekked across the recently maintained (thank you to FoTV volunteers) Summer Street Wildflower Meadow to reach the Cobbs Clough Road Weir. The weir has been the topic of recent conversations within the DCP and members were very keen to see it.

We continued along the path and looped back around to reach our next destination, the main river fly kick sample site that FoTV and Love My Rivers have been practicing their skills in. This kick sample site has produced some fantastic results on numerous occasions. It is full of aquatic invertebrate life and in such abundance, too. It’s encouraging to see the resilience freshwater life can have when it’s being subject to bouts of pollution.

After, we headed to Half-Mile Lake to take in the serenity and calmness of the water. The lake is great if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and clear the mind. The lake is full wildlife – Carp, Rudd, Roach, Mallard, Moorhens and so much more.

The group finished off at the newly created Meeting Place, which sits alongside the Community Fruit Orchard. The Meeting Place has a freshly laid gravel standing area, a large planter ready for vegetables and wildflowers, and in the very near future two picnic tables are to be installed.

Our furry friends who joined us on our walk seemed to have an amazing time and the positive member feedback about the park was the icing on the cake.