Richard And Judy To Celebrate The Saltash Cornish Cross

9th May, 2013
Richard and Judy will join the celebrations for the completion of the Saltash Cornish Cross and the restoration of Elwell Woods at the official launch event on Friday 10th May, 12:00.

Currently living in Cornwall, the television and radio stars will unveil a plaque to mark a project that is set to boost the Saltash and Cornish tourism economy.   

Saltash Waterfront Residents? Association (SWRA) secured funding of just over ?500,000 from the The Big Lottery Fund?s Community Spaces programme. Contributions from local authorities including Cornwall Council and Saltash Town Council, as well as financial assistance from the Duchy of Cornwall brought the total budget for both projects to ?650,000.

Chair of SWRA, Liam Bradley said: Liam Bradley said: ?We are thrilled that Richard and Judy agreed to come and celebrate the launch of the Cornish Cross and Elwell Woods with us.

?Running both projects at the same time has been a complicated process at times, but now we?ve reached the end, the results are there for all to see. We have a stunning sculpture, marking the Gateway to Cornwall and a beautiful community woodland which everyone can enjoy.?

Richard and Judy will accompany the guests in a guided tour around the transformed woodland, before giving a short speech of their own. The event will be rounded off with refreshments at the Guildhall.

SWRA?s original project aimed to create a community woodland from land that had been neglected and unused for many years, turning it into a peaceful haven. The placing of the Cornish Cross at Elwell Woods gave the project the ability to broaden its scope and has enabled the transformation of a disregarded wasteland into a hidden gem.

Project Managers, the Saltash Waterfront Residents Association (SWRA) have invited key members of the Cornish community to the launch event. They will learn about the project?s journey and future plans for community events and activities at the site.  

The Cornish Cross, which was lifted into place on 20th April 2013 alongside the Tamar Bridge at Saltash, is set to be an iconic Cornish landmark bringing tourists into the town and revitalising the local economy.  

Rob Andrew, Cornwall Council?s Assistant Head of Service for Localism, said: ?Cornwall Council was pleased to act as the accountable body and manage the procurement process for this project.  It has been a complex scheme with a number of different organisations involved, but all have worked together to bring the project to this successful conclusion?.

The Elwell Woods? regeneration scheme and the creation of the Cornish Cross were brought together and as a combined scheme became one of nine flagship projects for the Big Lottery Fund?s Community Spaces programme which is managed by Groundwork UK.

Wendy Jenkins, Programmes Director of Groundwork UK, said: ?It has been a pleasure to see this imaginative and spectacular project come to fruition after a lot of hard work by the community in Saltash.

?Community Spaces has funded more than 900 projects across England, but I can confidently say this is one of the most spectacular. It will stand as a lasting memorial to the transformations we have helped to achieve.?