Watersmeet wins £20,000 funding for upgrade as part of Bovril’s Great Outdoors Revival

The nation’s great outdoor makeover
Watersmeet wins £20,000 funding for upgrade as part of Bovril’s Great Outdoors Revival

Watersmeet, a National Trust site in North Devon has won £20,000 of funding in a national vote as part of Bovril’s Great Outdoors Revival, beating over 70 National Trust sites to gain a share of a £100,000 prize fund.
In September 2010, Bovril donated £100,000 to the National Trust, helping to restore special outdoor areas across the country with a well deserved makeover. A shortlist of 75 National Trust sites in need of restoration were drawn up (and listed on http://www.bovril.co.uk/revival), from across the nation and the makers of the beefy-fuelled drink invited the public to choose where the money went. Watersmeet was one of five sites that received a huge amount of support scooping 2,289 public votes from people that wanted to see the special North Devon site receive a much needed boost – to repair an important bridge across the East Lyn River.
With the funding, the site will repair the Lyn Rock Bridge to its former glory, as it was badly damaged by a falling tree a few years ago. Connecting two of the busiest footpaths on Exmoor across the stunningly beautiful East Lyn River, the repaired bridge will once again allow visitors and local residents to access the path. The new bridge will also provide access for people who are fishing or canoeing in or around the East Lyn River. A team of outdoor revival experts have already started work on the bridge with the completion date expected in early spring.
Julian Gurney, Head Ranger at Watersmeet commented: “We were absolutely delighted with the public support for Watersmeet and so grateful to receive the £20,000 funding from Bovril. Day trippers, hikers, fishermen and canoeists come to enjoy the breathtaking scenery created by the East Lyn river, so rebuilding the bridge will give the public access to enjoy the beautiful scenery surrounding the site again. It’s an absolutely fantastic achievement and a credit to all who spent time persuading others to vote. One local lady, Pat Sharp, spent hours encouraging people to vote, she even put messages in all her Christmas cards. The health centre, post office, library, hotels and guest houses all played their part which is just so typical of the people that live in, or visit, North Devon and Exmoor”.

Brand Manager for Bovril, Roxana Parvizi notes: “Since launching the Bovril Great Outdoors Revival, the response has been overwhelming with so many people voting for so many worthy National Trust sites. Bovril has been fuelling outdoor enthusiasts for years, giving warmth and comfort to walkers, ramblers, anglers and those who just love to explore Great Britain’s untainted countryside, so we’re excited to support an outdoor country project and see the funding come to life.”

A National Trust walk has been created at Watersmeet, (downloadable at http://www.bovril.co.uk/revival), so you can get out with your partners and family for a winter walk and see the projects in progress. You can also keep up to date with all site developments at the Bovril site.

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