Paul Jolliffe has been acting as an advisor and landscape consultant to the Castlefields Canal and River Park Association (CARP) in Calne, Wiltshire and has worked on designing and implementing three projects in the previously neglected park. Paul also lives in the town and has a personal interest in improving the quality of life and environment for the area.
The transformation of the park and river began more than a decade ago. To date it has improved the park area and the River Marden, as well as preserving local conservation areas. The group’s latest project is to undertake a faux restoration of the lock area with a canal boat bow and stern to create a strong entrance feature based on the history and use of the old Wilts and Berks Canal, Calne Branch. However, due to a major overflow storm sewer running through the lock it is unfeasible to return it to a working lock. This is a community project that has been funded through lottery grants, landfill credit and various contributions. Nicholas Pearson Associates have been employed to prepare the planning application, drainage assessment, prepare plans and contract documentation, tender the works and manage the construction stage.
The scheme was officially opened by the Mayor of Calne on 5th May 2012 with the naming of the boat as ‘Jubilee Queen’, suggested by two school children following a competition.