Monday, 23 July 2012

Public Desire to Protect our Reservoirs stronger than ever

These 'boots were most certainly made for walking!

We were delighted with and indeed grateful to the 102 people who braved the elements to take part in the walk on Saturday, 7 July, in absoultely awful weather. But for so many people to turn out in the most inhospitable conditions just shows how passionately they feel about the reservoirs; they were not going to let a 'bucket load' of rain stop them doing all that they can to protect this very precious open space.

Also, the dedicated supporters raised an initial £500 to help the cause, on the day, but this is expected to rise through fantastic sponsorship support, which should be tallied up by 7 August, so we'll report back again shortly.

Most importantly, RAG also received fantastic support from the pupils at Rhyd-y-Penau Primary School; the next generation who will benefit from the reservoirs' magnificent resources.

These young people came out in force to walk the 6 mile 'copper' route, to show their support for the RAG campaign because they know that if Llanishen Reservoir is saved, they too could have the opportunity to train to be Olympic champions on the full sixty acres of the current reservoir, just like Hannah Mills, who learnt to sail there when she was at school in Cardiff.

And the RAG membership were again very grateful that the campaign had full cross party support with Julie Morgan (AM) and Rhodri Morgan (previous first minister), Jenny Rathbone (AM), and Eluned Parrott (AM), Jonathan Evans (MP), and councillors Julia MaGill, Phil Bale and Kate Lloyd, and Baroness Jenny Randerson, all braving the unseasonal weather to show their continuing support for the Save our Reservoirs campaign.

Pictures kindly taken by Richard Bosworth.

The RAG membership committee would like to offer their sincere thanks to Chris Lewis and his team for the massive amount of work that went into organising such a hugely successful event.

We are also delighted to confirm that, due to popular demand, despite this year's horrible weather, there will be another Save our Reservoirs walk on 6 July 2013.