Pic of the day: A new sign of the times in Wincanton

Here at Urbantrout we’ve got quite accustomed to being awed by the innovative spirit shown by the team at CATCH in the Somerset town of Wincanton

… and now they’ve done it again, with a project to install a new and much improved sign on the approach to Hawker’s Bridge over the little River Cale.

After raising funds, they researched the site’s history, worked with local designers and manufacturers, and finally held a ceremonial unveiling last Friday evening in one of the heaviest rainstorms we’ve seen all year. As they’ve said on their Facebook page:

The sign that was replaced tonight was donated by CATCH to the town from funds raised from sources such as the Environment Agency, The Wild Trout Trust, the Town Council, and not forgetting jumble sales. Pub quiz donations, and even people’s wages from working at Glastonbury all form part of our ability to give back to the town. We’re not heros and would never proffer to be, but we do care about where we live… WINCANTON!

In our view, this is what Trout in the Town is all about: practical efforts in all weathers to bring an overlooked and under-appreciated urban river back to its central place in the life of a town.

Absolutely brilliant work, Gary, Matthew and all the CATCH team!

CATCH will be holding a River & Wildlife Day in Wincanton on World Rivers Day, Saturday 22 September. If you’re anywhere near Somerset that weekend, come along and find out more about their projects to restore the Cale and its surroundings.

(Photo: Steve Lee, CATCH)

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