Huge thanks to all those who attended our RLCP Summer Garden Party in August. We are so grateful to Annie, Maddie and the team at Fullers Mill for allowing us to use their beautiful setting again for our evening, and to Maria from CASA for feeding us with such delicious dinner again. For those that couldn't make it, we hope you can join us next time!
Our last organised work party for this spring at Fullers Mill Garden took place on Saturday 14th March.
Unfortunately we just couldn’t complete everything we wanted to before the garden re-opens shortly. We will return later in the year!
It is hoped that by narrowing the river and speeding up the flow in this section will discourage the burr reed from completely choking the channel.
Also the addition of the new features has greatly added to the habitat diversity.
So for now it just remains to say a massive thank you to all our volunteers for their hard work, and also to the staff at Fullers Mill for pitching in, helping out with deliveries and making us very welcome.
Back to Fullers Mill on 1st March to continue our Brecks Fen Edge and Rivers Landscape Partnership project.
Our super workforce managed to complete the planting of the main island interior with pre-established coir pallets and also used pallets on some exposed mud bank.
Advanced the work on the marginal revetments and started to create the brash shelving.
All of these features will add much needed in-stream habitat diversity to this reach of the Lark.
Many thanks to our wonderful volunteers for all your hard work
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.
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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