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Wildlife Trust gains funding for nature trail boardwalk

Most of the remaining timber boardwalk at Higher and Lower Moors can now be replaced with new recycled plastic boardwalk thanks to “significant” funding.

The donation came from the Peter O’Sullevan Charitable Trust, the charity foundation of legendary horse racing commentator Sir Peter O’Sullevan.

The new recycled plastic boardwalk, which will replace 400m of the current timber boardwalk, arrived on Scilly yesterday "after quite a journey" and will be installed in stages over the next two years.

Nigel Payne from the Peter O’Sullevan Charitable Trust said: “Peter was particularly fond of the Isles of Scilly and visited regularly with his wife Pat. Coupling that with his love of Wildlife, his Trustees felt this project was an ideal match. He was probably the greatest Sports commentator of all time and when he retired in 1997 he set up his Charitable Trust and worked tirelessly for welfare causes mainly animal related. He died in 2015 but his Trust continues and is determined to protect his memory whenever and wherever it is able.”

Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust CEO Sarah Mason said: “This is a fantastic boost for the Islands, making the wonderful nature trails a safer and more environmentally-friendly place to visit. The Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust is incredibly grateful for the generous support given by the Peter O’Sullevan Charitable Trust to enable this project to go ahead and we hope that all who use the nature trails, both residents and visitors will appreciate them just a little bit more now!”

The Wildlife Trust posted on its website: "The logistics of transporting 33 tonnes of materials contained on 61 pallets to the Islands, from our supplier Filcris, have definitely kept Head Ranger, Darren Mason, busy. Involving lorries, storage facilities, forklift trucks and landing crafts; plans have been made, changed, re-arranged and altered as inevitably happens when attempting to get large amounts of cargo to an island by sea.

"The Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust would like to thank everyone involved for their patience, assistance and understanding during what has been, for some, an incredibly steep learning curve and a test of their endurance and resolve."

The Wildlife Trust team will add a plaque to thank the Peter O’Sullevan Charitable Trust when the 400m of new boardwalk has been installed.

Sir Peter O’Sullevan, who was known as “The Voice of Racing”, set up his Trust when he retired from commentating in 1997. It has since given £7.5 million to animal welfare charities.

The Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust is currently running a crowdfunding campaign to help finance some ambitious plans for the coming year. The campaign, called 'Love the Sea; Love Scilly' has five days left to run. Support the cause here.

Photos by BareFoot Photographer.


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