Woolaston is a rural parish in gently sloping farmland rising from the north bank
of the River Severn in the west of the County of Gloucestershire in the UK. It is
on the western edge of the Forest of Dean and close to the Wye Valley on the A48
road between Chepstow and Lydney.
New Saltmarsh for Woolaston
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Saltmarsh is the upper stretch of coastal land between dry land and open sea water
that is regularly flooded by the tides. This land plays a vital part in the coastal
ecosystem, as it provides habitat for many different types of wildlife and plants.
Brian Smith from the Environment Agency said: "Between now and 2030 we're at risk
of losing 300 hectares of saltmarsh along the Severn Estuary. There's no point creating
a wetland which is isn't particularly unique to the Severn Estuary - we need to be
certain to get the right land in the right location to create those particular habitats.
It's not just about getting the floodwater on to the site, it's about getting it
off again in the time cycle so that the unique grasses and plants that rely on that
kind of environment have the opportunity to develop"
The work that the Environment
Agency are carrying out involves removing sections of an earth embankment which has
been in place since the 19th century to defend agricultural land from flooding. Four
sections of embankment have been removed, which will allow the higher tides to spill
into the farm land and then drain off after each tide.
These adjustments will create
a new area of saltmarsh, and will increase the potential for plants, and breeding
birds like wildfowl. The land will be kept for grazing livestock in the summer months
addition to the saltmarsh creation; an eel pass will be installed on tidal flaps
in the Aylburton Pill outfall. The outfall connects the estuary to local brooks,
and the tidal flaps are in place to help alleviate flooding. Once the work is complete,
fish such as eels and elvers will be able to pass through freely to access their
habitats further upstream. An eel pass already exists where the Cone Brook passes
through the flood defence.
The Environment Agency is working in partnership with local land owners and Natural
England, to develop the first saltmarsh creation project in the upper Severn Estuary. The
£1.2 million project will create 39 hectares (96 acres) of saltmarsh, on farmland
in the parishes of Woolaston and Alvington on the west bank of the Severn Estuary.
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Woolaston Village Hall
Friday 6th December 5.30pm
● Chocolate, Fudge and Cakes
● Hand made crafts
● Sweets and wooden toys
● Beauty gifts and handbags
● Beer and Gluhwein
● Tea, Coffee & Hot Chocolate (naughty and nice)
● Marshmallow Toasting over an open fire
● Hot Food
● Live Music
● And a special Christmas visitor seated in a bright red grotto(Needless to say
Santa is very busy at this time of year so will have to leave by 7pm – elves keep
tight schedules you know – so be sure you don't miss him!)
The Christmas Edition of The Woolaston News can be read here