Lead Organisation/s: The Welland Rivers Trust
Funding Sources: Flood Risk Management Revenue Grant in Aid through the Environment Agency
This project involves community volunteers plating trees along the banks of the River Welland and its main tributaries. Planting trees along the Welland is highly beneficial for both the wildlife and people who rely on it. For wildlife, the trees will grow to create shade for the water, which will lower the water temperature and increase dissolved oxygen in the water. This in turn will create a better habitat for freshwater biodiversity. In addition, the trees themselves will become suitable habitat for many important birds and mammals.
For land owners next to the river, and people who rely on the river, planting trees can bring about a range of different benefits, from life-saving shelter for livestock, combatting soil erosion, warming the soil to extend the growing season and slowing run-off and reducing flooding. They also provide habitat for game birds, attract vital pollinators, and could provide an extra income through wood-fuel.
Additional benefits from this project will include re-connecting and re-engaging communities with their rivers, and getting people thinking about conserving this vital resource into the future.
From December 2017-March 2018, six community tree planting events have been run, involving 184 volunteers planting 2,045 saplings. These events were run alongside volunteers from Lubenham, Market Harborough, Drayton, Duddington, Gretton, Harringworth, Great Easton and Rockingham.
Thank you to everyone who pitched in and helped us do some great work for the river environment. Who hope to carry on the success of this project into the 2018/19 winter. Please look out for our future tree planting events!!!