New bridge in Thame nature reserve opens

Councillor Peter Lambert and bridge designer Dave Watkins cut the ribbon
Councillor Peter Lambert and bridge designer Dave Watkins cut the ribbon

Hundreds of hours of volunteering paid off this week when the new bridge in Thame’s Cuttlebrook nature reserve was officially opened.

Designed by Dave Watkins and backed with funding from the Trust for Oxfordshire’s Environment, the bridge was opened on Wednesday at a ribbon cutting ceremony.

The ceremony was attended by the Mayor of Thame, Councillor Peter Lambert, Fiona Danks from the trust, Mr Watkins, a number of volunteers, members of the team that built the first bridge in 1995 and town councillors.

Mr Watkins said: “This has been a huge achievement for the volunteers, with hundreds of hours of work going into it.”

Mr Lambert made a short speech at the opening, congratulating and thanking everyone who has been involved in the project.

As part of the process to build the bridge, Mr Watkins even made a miniature model that was used to demonstrate what was being proposed when applying for grant funding.

The Cuttlebrook includes a network of paths with walks of various lengths and plenty to take in along the way.

Find out more on the Cuttlebrook website.