|The Leat Project is one of the largest projects ever
undertaken by the Trust. The value of the Leat Restoration can not be over
emphasised. No longer can storm water rage through the Centre's many delicate
aquatic habitats. With the control of the flood water the constant threat of
siltation has disappeared and the future has been secured.
Leat is a major feature in its own right. It provides a tranquil half mile walk
along the eastern side of the reserve's wooded valley. The rhododendron which
covered this part of the site will be discouraged from re-establishing itself. Tree
planting with indigenous species is planned. However there will also be room for
glades along the walk. These are important for a range of plant and animal species,
An access track to the north of the reserve was also provided as
part of the project. It runs alongside the Leat for much of the way. This
track has allowed the full potential of this part of the reserve to be realised. The
two new ponds are situated here. Of these Dragonfly Pond has become the main area
for pond dipping during educational school visits. Following completion of the Leat
Project, a new North American style log cabin was built overlooking Dragonfly Pond.
This building forms a centre for visiting groups and many wet weather educational
activities take place here. The Leat Project and the Log cabin have opened up a much
larger area of the reserve to the public, including the disabled as well as able bodied.