Nore Barn Woods saved from the sea

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A community effort has saved a woodland from being swallowed up by the sea.

Nore Barn Woods, in Emsworth, is a stretch of shore with a line of beautiful old oaks and a footpath which was being battered by high tides.

(l-r) Project co-ordinator Mike Thomas and organiser Maggie Gebbett. 'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (142891-2)

(l-r) Project co-ordinator Mike Thomas and organiser Maggie Gebbett. 'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (142891-2)

Residents set up a group, Friends of Nore Barn Woods, to raise £46,000 to construct coastal defences to protect it, even though it is owned by Havant Borough Council.

The work, which was completed in September, was overseen by the Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership and carried out by Colas.

Roy Ewing, chairman of the Friends said: ‘We could not just sit by and see the line of oaks disappear and put the whole woodland in danger.

‘By protecting this vulnerable stretch we hope this popular environment will continue to be enjoyed by many generations to come.’