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Wooden viewing platform installed at Prestatyn wetland

Credit: Denbighshire County Council

A viewing platform has been installed as part of a wetland restoration project.

Work is continuing on the Morfa, a 35-acre wetland in Prestatyn which was purchased by Denbighshire County Council after securing Welsh Government funding to protect its status as a natural wetland resource.

The land had previously been in private ownership.

As well as the wooden viewing platform to allow enhanced access to the site, further work will include the excavation of ponds, which will attract a host of wading birds and insects, while grazing will be extended to other parts of the site to bring down the vegetation levels as part of the Welsh Government’s Sustainable Solutions project.

Cllr Tony Thomas, the Council’s Lead Member for Housing and Communities, said: “This work will help the site mature and return to its natural state as a wetland which will further enhance this fantastic resource for Prestatyn and Denbighshire as a whole.

“This restoration is part of the Welsh Government’s Well Connected project which focusses on connecting the environment and communities by forming a green corridor along the Rhyl cut and Prestatyn gutter.

“The wetland sits right next to the Prestatyn gutter and forms a natural sink during times of high rainfall, acting as an important flood defence. As the site returns to its natural form, without all the current vegetation, its water storage capacity will increase.

“The protection and enhancement of the wetland are essential in mitigating against climate change.

“Work on the Morfa wetland is part of the Council’s wider work to protect the environment as part of its Corporate Plan.”