New shelter for Tarka Trail

Posted on: 27 January 2016

A £7,000 replacement of the Tarka Trail’s iconic ‘Wave’ shelter could be up by April.

The new shelter, between Yelland and Fremington, is being designed by four students studying for a Foundation Degree in Illustration and Fine Art at Petroc.

Over £2,000 of the estimated £7,000 cost is being met by Marsden’s Devon Holidays, a long-time supporter of the North Devon Biosphere.

The new structure will be a horseshoe-shaped wall of nearly 150 used car tyres,  filled with with a traditional turf-faced hedge bank on the outside.

It will have a wooden planted green roof to help it blend into the countryside.

Its internal dimensions will be between 1.7metres and 2 metres, and 2metres deep and 3metres wide.

Sally Alderson, one of the Petroc students who designed it,  said: “We were pleased and surprised when the Biosphere asked us to be involved and its great that something we designed will actually be built. Making a sustainable structure in keeping with the Biosphere ethos has been a great test of our skills.”

Adrian Culley, South West General Manager at Marsdens Devon Cottages, said: “The North Devon Biosphere has been our chosen charity for a number of years and we raise the money by asking our holidaymakers if they would like to make a £1 donation when they book with us.
“We have also just introduced a Marsdens mascot – a little teddy bear called Monty – which our holidaymakers can purchase for £10. All the money from the sale of Monty also goes to the Biosphere.”

“The money from both of these has amounted to over £2,000 for this project and we are really looking forward to seeing the completed structure and hope our future holidaymakers will enjoy using it as much as the old wave shelter.”

The remaining money for the shelter is coming from the Local Sustainable Transport Fund grant secured from the Department of Transport by Devon County Council.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council’s Cabinet Member with r

Councillor Stuart Hughes

Councillor Stuart Hughes

emit for cycling and Public Rights of Way said: “It is great that The North Devon they have taken this approach from the outset by approaching Petroc to see whether their students could design a structure that will shelter and inspire people for years to come.
“They have hit the bullseye with this bold design that demonstrates the ‘sustainability’ ethos by reusing car tyres to build a low impact building. It’s great that the Biosphere has been able to find external sources to fund it.”

Councillor Frank Biederman, the local County Councillor for Fremington said: Cllr Frank Biederman“The Biosphere is about connecting people with nature for a positive future and the Tarka Trail is a wonderful resource for doing just that.
“The plan is to complete the shelter by April using a combination of professional contractors and volunteers. If you are interested in giving your time to this hard, physical task of building the tyre wall please let us know.”

If you are able to help out please contact Matt Edworthy from the North Devon Biosphere who is managing the project –

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