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Project officer joins the Trust

Environmental and recreation charity South West Lakes Trust has recently appointed Nige Curnow as its new environmental project co-ordinator at Porth Reservoir near Newquay.

The Porth Environmental Enhancements project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Objective One through the European Regional Development Fund, Restormel Borough Council, Cornwall County Council, County Environment Trust and Porth Anglers will link to and benefit local businesses and other tourism initiatives in the Newquay area whilst providing wider recreational and educational use of the site.

Nige initially worked as a conservationist and regional arborist for the National Trust and has joined the Trust after working in outdoor education. He is a qualified mountain leader and has guided walks in the UK and Europe. Now heading back into conservation and sustainable recreation Nige is currently in his second year of studying for a Certificate of Higher Education in Conservation and Countryside Management at Duchy College (Rosewarne).

Nige said: "This is a really exciting stage of the Porth Project, which has already made good headway in creating new accessible fishing platforms at the coarse fishery along with more accessible surfaced paths. The next stage is to improve the facilities in the small visitor centre whilst introducing some interpretation to the site and encouraging more school visits."

Carleen Kelemen, Director of the Objective One Partnership, said: "The Lake is already a popular attraction, particularly among anglers. Investment in the project will help to expand its appeal even further and encourage a growth in visitors as well as safeguard the surrounding environment."

Nige is currently setting up a volunteers working group to achieve the work of the project aims. Anyone interested in volunteering should contact him on 01637 877959.

For further information please contact Lisa Tame, Marketing and Publicity Officer South West Lakes Trust on 01566 771930 or e-mail:

The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has invested in the Porth Reservoir Environmental Improvements project through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).


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Clare Morgan
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