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Official Opening of Hunt Park Viewing Platform

CANOEISTS are invited to take part in the celebrations when a platform providing spectacular views across a new wildlife reserve is officially opened.

They can join the first small boats rally to be held on the Cranleigh Waters stream, as part of the ceremony in the new Hunt Nature Park at Shalford.

Members of the public are also welcome at the event, at noon on Saturday, October 24th, which launches a viewing platform built by volunteers of the Wey & Arun Canal Trust (WACT).

The Trust is developing and enhancing the wildlife area as part of its commitment to creating a ‘green corridor’ along the 23-mile route of the canal.

Hunt Nature Park, alongside the A281 Horsham Road at Shalford, has benefited from improvements carried out by WACT working parties, from the planting of native tree species to the clearing of shallow ponds.

“We are proud to be officially launching an important element of our commitment to the environment and wildlife along the length of the canal,” said Trust chairman Sally Schupke.

“Anyone who enjoys the countryside is welcome to join us at the opening ceremony, to see what the Trust has achieved to improve this area, for both wildlife and walkers. We welcome canoeists to join in the celebration too.

The viewing platform offers vistas across the park and its fine mature trees. Its wooden decking is in an unusual hexagonal design, completed by Trust volunteers.

The platform will be declared open by Guildford MP Anne Milton, with musical entertainment by a local ukulele band. Access to the event – for pedestrians only – is from the cycle track on the old Horsham-Guildford railway route off the A281 at Shalford.

Canoeists who would like to join the small boats rally must reserve places by e-mailing events@weyandarun.co.uk. To see more about WACT’s restoration quest, visit www.weyandarun.co.uk.