Cllr Susan Glossop with RLCP volunteers at Fullers Mill
After deciding to take a chance with Storm Dennis, the weather was kind to us and we managed a full session at Fullers Mill on 15th February.
All our volunteers on duty, experienced and new, put in a good shift, helping each other out and keeping each other safe. Can’t ask for more than that.
Consolidating the previous work on the island with some bare and pre-planted rolls, pre-planted pallets and brash bundles, the central island project is now taking shape.
We are now extending the brash revetment work upstream, the river is showing us where we need to be with that. Also, finding a silt bar gave us the opportunity of creating another island, this one a really small feature but no doubt it will become home to something.
River Lark Catchment Partnership has received a Water Resources Communication and Engagement Fund Grant
River Lark Catchment Partnership has received a Water Resources Communication and Engagement Fund grant to lead engagement events and a study for the design of a river abstraction reform pilot project. The aim of the project will be to improve catchment abstraction management. You can read more about this important development here:
Hi everyone, on Saturday 1st February, we kicked off our rather ambitious BFER project at Fullers Mill Garden, West Stow, well worth a visit when they reopen after the winter break.
The Lark here has been historically impounded not only by a weir but also the addition of weir boards.
On a super low gradient river like the Lark this really puts the brakes on any natural processes as the river cannot even erode anything around the man made steel and concrete impoundment to try and work around the problem.
The river can get virtually trapped.
Another huge downside of the sluggish flows is a massive growth of burr reed along the reach, as seen in the first image.
We have managed to get the boards removed, (many thanks to Fullers and the EA) lowering the river immediately upstream by nearly a metre and releasing an impounded river length of nearly 1 km.
The project now is centred around creating higher velocity channels within the lowered but still over wide river channel.
This project will run for a while and we will keep you updated on progress and
Massive thanks to all at Fullers, the Environment Agency and especially our volunteers who turned up and put in a big shift to get the ball rolling.
So far so good……….
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