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Work Starts to Improve Access at Chesil Beach

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12:05am 10th June 2012

The world famous Chesil Beach will soon be accessible even at high tide, thanks to a new bridge that's being built over the Fleet Lagoon.

A military operation at the beach is currently taking place as a 100 metre wooden boardwalk is under construction by army engineers.

While their colleagues are serving in Afghanistan, the remaining members of 26 Engineer regiment are building the boardwalk, which is set to cross the Lagoon from the Portland end of the Fleet over to the new Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre.

Emily Brown, Discover Chesil Project Officer at Dorset Wildlife Trust, said: "We are very grateful that the 25 Engineer regiment are doing such a great job building this bridge from the Centre across the fleet, which will mean everyone can get a chance to experience Chesil Beach, even at high water.

"We are asking people to help support the work by sponsoring a plank of the boardwalk. For £50 you get an inscribed plaque on your plank - and get to leave a message or memory in this special place. It's a great present for someone who loves the beach, a memorial for a loved one or just a way of helping to support Dorset's unique coast and its wildlife."

Sergeant Darren Harding from 26 Engineer Regiment, whose Regiment is currently deployed in Afghanistan, said: "We are very much enjoying visiting Weymouth to carry out this construction task. It offers an excellent training opportunity for my soldiers to practice their trade skills. Additionally the job also provides Dorset Wildlife Trust with an invaluable means of access across the Fleet, while also protecting local rare species of wildlife within the Chesil Beach area."

The Centre and boardwalk open on 21st July. You can sponsor a plank for £50 by visiting http://www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk/chesilbeach or contacting Emily on ebrown@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk or 07824438975.

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