THE amazing range of wildlife and plants now to be found where the sea once washed the shoreline at Samphire Hoe, was described by Paul Holt when he spoke to members of Dover Rotary Club on Thursday.
He told how Samphire Hoe, between Dover and Folkestone, was created from the 4.9 million cubic metres of chalk marl (60 per cent) and clay (40 per cent) excavated from building the Channel Tunnel. Seventy options were considered where to dump the excavated material and Samphire Hoe was selected. The name was suggested by the late Mrs Gillian Janaway in a competition organised by the Dover Express.
Mr Holt, senior projects officer with the White Cliffs Country Partnership, explained the Hoe, owned by Eurotunnel, attracted up to 1,000 visitors a day. Latest plans were to provide an educational shelter on the Hoe.