Reserve gains Countryside award

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RHNR Saltmarsh project
The CPRE certificate awarded to Rye Harbour Nature Reserve

Rye Harbour Nature Reserve (RHNR) has received the Full award in the New Sussex Landscapes category of the CPRE Sussex Countryside Awards 2017.

The ceremony took place on October 11 at Petworth House, the home of Lord Egremont, President of Sussex CPRE, (Campaign to Protect Rural England). Dr Barry Yates, representing Sussex Wildlife Trust, received the award certificate from Lady Egremont, one of the judges who visited the salt marsh earlier this year.

Barry and Anne Yates on the stairs at Petworth House

The re-creation of the saltmarsh was a partnership between Sussex Wildlife Trust, The Environment Agency and the Friends of Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, under the management of Dr Barry Yates.

Barry Yates said afterwards: “I was delighted to accept this CPRE Sussex Countryside Award on behalf of Sussex Wildlife Trust and the Environment Agency who have worked together for many years to design, build and manage this new area of wetland. By re-creating the salt marsh in 2011 on an area that had not seen the sea across it for 60 years we have delivered an improved wetland landscape that is enjoyed by many plants, animals and people. It was possible only following the building of the new 4km flood bank that provides a much better level of protection from extreme storm events.”

Photos: Sussex Wildlife Trust

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