Come join us in the conservation of the River Welland.
Celebrating World Rivers Day (September 24th), we would like to invite you to our Great River Rescue clean-up event in Market Harborough on Oct 26th (1.30pm at the memorial gardens). We are jointly hosting this event alongside the Market Harborough Environment Group. Direct message us for more details.
Location: Wing WTW, Morcott Rd, Wing, Oakham LE15 8SA: 10.00 am
- Richard Reynolds (Anglian Water)
- Joanne Pollock (Anglian Water)
- Matthew Bills (Harborough District Council)
- Geoff Gilfillan (Welland Rivers Trust)
- Peter Barham (Welland Rivers Trust)
- Chris Stoate (Welland Rivers Trust + Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust)
- Georgina Wallis (Catchment Sensitive Farming Officer)
- Simon Bonney (Environment Agency)
- Dr Chris Extence (Environment Agency)
- Prof. David Harper (Welland Rivers Trust)
- Amanda Jenkins (South Lincolnshire Fenlands Partnership)
- Richard Spiers (Welland Rivers Trust)
- Edward Baines (Braunston Parish Council)
10.05: Introduction and Healthy and Safety: Richard Reynolds
10.20: Introduction from the new WRT PO: Geoff Gilfillan
10:35: Actions from previous meeting: Peter Barham
10.50: Presentation: ecological monitoring: Dr Chris Extence
11.05: Individual Partner Updates: All
11:35: Funding updates:
-Rural Development Programme for England
11.50: Stamford Mill Pump issue: All
12.05: Any Other Business
13:20: Wing Water Treatment Works tour
Next meeting: October 20th at Market Harborough District Council Offices; 10am
Outcomes of meeting:
Thank you to all the Partnership members for their attendance, and for Richard Reynolds of Anglian Water for organising and hosting this partnership meeting. One of the main objectives for the meeting was for the Welland Rivers Trust’s new Project Officer to introduce himself to the Partnership, and to outline his plans as the Project Officer. Also in attendance was Dr Chris Extence of the Environment Agency, who produced a presentation on the EA’s ecological monitoring plans for the Welland Catchment.
The Welland Valley Partnership (led by the Welland Rivers Trust) submitted a significant funding bid on September 4th for the Water Environment Improvement Grant Scheme offered through the Environment Agency and DEFRA.
This proposed new scheme will be aimed at a wide range of potential projects from river restoration and barrier removal through to advice for landowners and control of invasive species and diffuse pollution. Overall, the scheme is aimed at the implementation of improvements taking place in, or having a benefit to rural catchment areas.
Together, the Welland Valley Partnership submitted a bid supporting 10 individual projects aimed at restoring and conserving the Welland River Catchment. The Welland Valley Partnership bid totalled over £2.5 million, and included projects ranging from environmentally friendly farming (e.g. The GWCT’s Water Friendly Farming Project), habitat restoration (e.g. The Welland Rivers Trust’s Welland Washes Project), and community outreach (e.g. The Ashley Community Habitat Project).
This is an exciting opportunity, and we hope to share good news with you soon.
Location: GWCT’s Allerton Project Visitor Centre
Time: 18:30 until 20:30
Attendees: Chris Stoate; Peter Barham; Lisa Smallwood; David Harper; Richard Spiers; Geoff Gilfillan
18:45: Introduction by the new Project Officer: Geoff Gilfillan
19:00: Trust Admin and Finance Matters
19:30: Funding Bids and Opportunities
- Water Environment Improvement Scheme
- HLF status
- Other opportunities
20:00: Any Other Business
Short summary of outcomes:
Thank you to all Trustees for attending this very productive meeting. The main objective for the meeting was for our new Project Officer to introduce himself to all the Trustees, and to discuss Geoff’s role as the Project Officer. Geoff provided the Trust members with an update of his progress in the role during his first two weeks, and together the Trustees contributed to how they see the priorities of his work. We also discussed the latest funding bids and opportunities to move our work forward into the future. Our discussions particularly focused on the recently submitted Water Environment Improvement grant through the Environment Agency and DEFRA (see next update). Finally, we finished the meeting by discussing points and issues we would like to bring up in the up-coming Welland Valley Partnership meeting on September 15th.
We are pleased to announce that we have appointed a new Project Officer for the Welland Rivers Trust.
Geoff Gilfillan started at the end of August, and will be based at the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust’s Allerton Project Visitor Centre in Loddington, Leicestershire. Geoff’s main roles will include:
- The development and management of a wide range of current and future land, habitat, wildlife and water projects in the Welland Catchment.
- Building close working collaborations with local statutory, voluntary and community organisations to deliver current projects and design, and develop and manage new opportunities.
- Identifying and securing funding for the restoration and conservation of the River Welland.
We are all extremely excited for Geoff to get started in this role.
We also want to take this moment to thank Lisa Smallwood for her many years of fantastic work with the Welland Rivers Trust. Thankfully, Lisa has agreed to stay on as a Trustee for the WRT, and we will surely benefit greatly from keeping her knowledge and skills within the Trust.
This September, Welland Rivers Trust will be running a Photography Competition. Please send us any photos that capture the ‘Beauty of the River Welland’.
The winning photos will be judged by the Welland Rivers Trust members before Friday the 29th of September. The top three photos will feature within our next Newsletter, and the top photo will be used as our new cover photo (with appropriate photographer credit) for our Facebook and Twitter profiles.
Please send your photos to: firstname.lastname@example.org