RECORD-BREAKING rower Roz Savage has thrown her weight behind a campaign to save important trees from the sea.
Friends of Nore Barn Woods in Emsworth is trying to raise enough money to strengthen the disintegrating earth bank that protects the wood along the waterside path that runs from Emsworth to Langstone.
It is going to cost £46,000 to complete and £36,000 has been raised so far.
A fundraising tea party is being held on June 22 at the woods where visitors can enjoy tea and take in the beautiful scenery.
Roz, who single-handedly rowed across three oceans said: ‘The woods have suffered severe damage, particularly during the last winter when seven years’ worth of storms hit the shore there.
‘The Friends want to put in place a long-lasting, block-covered bank to match those nearby which have withstood the ravages of high spring tides and inclement weather.
‘The owners of the woodland, Havant Borough Council, are not allowed to use public money for this work because those funds have to be reserved for coastal damage that threatens homes and businesses.
‘So I’m delighted to support the proposed work.
‘It’s a strong community-led project and woodlands like these are far too valuable to lose.
‘I know the Friends hope to hit their target soon so that the shore protection work can start before the winter.’
An application has gone in to Veolia Trust for the a large sum but more is needed.
Adventurer Roz is a committed environmentalist following her epic feat in 2006 when she when she rowed single-handed across the Atlantic Ocean.
She has since conquered the Pacific and Indian Oceans.
Maggie Gebbett, from the Friends, said: ‘We are very grateful for the support received from the locality for this project and hope that the work will be completed before next winter.’
For more information go to norebarnwoods.org.uk