New footbridge for Whitwell Common

Reepham Lions and Reepham & District Rotary Club have joined forces to help the trustees of Whitwell Common with the costs of a new footbridge to improve the safety of the path around the common.

Photo: John Tym

Visitors from both organisations enjoyed a guided tour of the common – an area rich in wildlife and valuable as a place of conservation but unknown to many locally.
Reepham Lions president Brenda Gostling said: “This is a hidden gem; it’s a beautiful haven for both people and wildlife. We are very fortunate to have this on our doorstep, and it’s a privilege to be able to help to keep it safe for visitors to enjoy.”
Since the Countryside Stewardship funding received by the trustees is needed for cutting and baling the fen, as well as managing the ponds, the two local organisations have agreed to meet the costs of the bridge. The simple but strong structure made of durable, natural materials is now in place.
Reepham Rotary president Arthur Hawes said: “We are always delighted to help other local organisations serving the public. We were very pleased to contribute.”
Whitwell Common is a spring-fed valley fen in the Blackwater tributary of the River Wensum. It is situated approximately two miles to the south west of Reepham at the junction of Whitwell Road and Nowhere Lane.

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