Category: May

Successful Funding Application

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Great news, we have been informed that our Tesco funding application has been awarded £2,000. Working in collaboration with the Spalding RiverSide Forum Community Group, the Welland Rivers Trust want to fund the design and distribution of ‘Litter Picking Stations’ and educational sign boards along the river, where we are aiming to improve the River Welland in Spalding for both people and wildlife to enjoy.

The Litter Picking Stations will function to make it easier for the public to pick up litter every time they visit the river. The Stations will be A-Frame boards with integrated litter pickers and recyclable bags. Users will take a litter picker and a bag, fill it up with litter and dispose of the litter in nearby bins or recycling points. Litter pickers will be placed back into the holder ready for the next user.

The educational sign boards will aim to inform the public about the history of Spalding’s river, and how people can conserve this valuable resource into the future. The signed information will be specific to relevant sections of the river (e.g. local history near a historic site or duck feeding information near duck feeding sites).

Successful Funding Application

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Great news, we have been informed that our Tesco funding application has been awarded £2,000. We are aiming to train local River Wardens to help us monitor and protect the River Welland.

The River Warden Scheme will give people who care about the River Welland and their local environment a chance to:

– Work with the Welland Rivers Trust to provide river monitoring

– Carry out river management

– Document and report pollution and other incidents

– Involve their local community and neighbourhood in river restoration and conservation projects

– Act as a point of liaison between the Welland Rivers Trust and their local community

At the Welland Rivers Trust, we want the river to be at the heart of local communities. We believe that community involvement is key for the conservation and restoration of the River Welland and its entire catchment area.

As a River Warden, volunteers will be the local champion for the River Welland, acting as our eyes and ears on the ground to protect the Welland and its tributaries. Initially, we want to pilot this scheme with 3 or 4 parishes, with a view to rolling out the initiative to other parishes, based on the lessons learnt.

River conservation presentation at Ketton Primary School

River conservation presentation at Ketton Primary School


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On Tuesday 22nd May, we delivered a river conservation presentation to 120 students at Ketton Primary School. This talk coincided with their term’s ‘Responsibility’ theme, aimed at raising awareness of environmental and social issues.

Our presentation discussed the importance of rivers, how rivers are threatened, and how everyone can contribute to protecting rivers by making small changes at home and at work/school.

We thoroughly enjoyed working with the students in Years 3-6, and we hope that everyone enjoyed the talks and learnt lots about river conservation in the process. After the talks were over, we joined the Year 3 and 4s on a litter pick along their local River Chater. It was fantastic to see such enthusiasm in picking up litter!!!

 

River conservation presentation at Market Deeping Community Primary School

River conservation presentation at Market Deeping Community Primary School


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On Monday 21st May, we delivered a river conservation presentation to 60 Year 4 students at the Market Deeping Community Primary School. This talk coincided with their term’s ‘environment’ theme, aimed at raising awareness of environmental issues around the world.

Our presentation discussed the importance of rivers, how rivers are threatened, and how everyone can contribute to protecting rivers by making small changes at home and at work/school.

We thoroughly enjoyed working with the Year 4s, and we hope that everyone enjoyed the talks and learnt lots about river conservation in the process.

Eye Brook Bioblitz: 13/05/2018

Eye Brook Bioblitz



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On Sunday 13th May, we joined A Focus On Nature for their 24-hour Bioblitz along the Eye Brook river in the Welland Catchment. The Bioblitz involved surveys of a wide variety of species including moths, bats, birds, trees, insects, mammals and river invertebrates. We assisted AFON members in river-dipping in the Eye Brook and mini-beast identification. It was a great opportunity to engage children from the local communities in river-species identification. Overall, plenty of life was discovered within the river, including the freshwater shrimp, the bullhead fish, the cased and case-less caddisfly larvae, and leeches.

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Bullhead

Great Plastic Pick Up: 12/05/2018

Great Plastic Pick Up


On Saturday 12th May, we teamed up with the Deeping Scouts for the national Great Plastic Pick Up event. As approximately 80% of all litter entering our oceans comes from a river, we targeted plastic and other litter alongside the River Welland as it flows through Market Deeping.

5 members of the Scout group joined us to collect over 7 bags of litter!!! The event also presented a great opportunity for the Scout members to collect environment badges. Well done to everyone involved.


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Funding Submissions: Water Environment Grant

Funding Submission: Water Environment Grant


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Great news! The Welland Rivers Trust have recently submitted 4 separate project funding applications to the new Environment Agency/DEFRA-led funding stream- The Water Environment Grant (WEG).

The WEG funding stream is designed to assist land owners, charities and local authorities in improving our freshwater environments, particularly in rural areas. A total of £27 million has been made available over three years for work across England that focuses on improving a waterbody’s WFD (Water Framework Directive) status and overall health.

The Welland Rivers Trust have submitted 4 applications on behalf of the Welland Valley Partnership, including:

1. The River Warden Training Programme: Aims to train a network of River Wardens across the catchment to assist us in monitoring and protecting the Welland Catchment.

2. The Welland Headwaters Improvement Project: Aims to improve the poor ecological status of this failing waterbody through habitat restoration, flood alleviation, and community engagement.

3. The Welland Floodplain Habitat Improvement Project: Aims to restore the historical water meadows of the middle Welland regions, creating important wetland habitat and reducing flood risk downstream.

4. The Welland Washes Feasibility Study: Aims to investigate the feasibility of restoring the historical washland habitats in the lower Welland, creating important wetland habitat and reducing flood risk downstream.

The total requested amount of the WRT’s 4 application is around to £760,000, so this represents a significant opportunity for the Welland Catchment. Successful applicants will be informed in August, with projects starting around the New Year. We hope to share good news with you soon!!!

Successful Funding Application!!!!

Successful Funding Application!!!!


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Great news, our ‘River Warden’ funding application to the Leicestershire and Rutland Community Foundation was successful. We will be training local volunteers to help monitor and protect the River Welland and its wider catchment.

The River Warden Scheme will give people who care about the River Welland and their local environment a chance to:

– Work with the Welland Rivers Trust to provide river monitoring

– Carry out river management

– Document and report pollution and other incidents

– Involve their local community and neighbourhood in river restoration and conservation projects

– Act as a point of liaison between the Welland Rivers Trust and their local community

At the Welland Rivers Trust, we want the river to be at the heart of local communities. We believe that community involvement is key for the conservation and restoration of the River Welland and its entire catchment area.

As a River Warden, volunteers will be the local champion for the River Welland, acting as our eyes and ears on the ground to protect the Welland and its tributaries. Initially, we want to pilot this scheme with 3 or 4 parishes, with a view to rolling out the initiative to other parishes, based on the lessons learnt.