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Heritage Lottery Funding success!

Wear Rivers Trust, in partnership with Groundwork NE & Cumbria have been awarded funding from HLF for the River Gaunless: The secret life of the river project.

 

This will involve community groups working with Daisy Arts, conservationists and local historians to learn about the river's heritage and how it's story can be preserved for future generations.

Commenting on the award, Peter Nailon, Wear Rivers Trust Director said “The Gaunless valley has a rich and distinct history from the earliest times to the present. The river was heavily industrialised for many years and is now recovering, but at the moment it is rather neglected and under-appreciated. This locally led project will provide opportunities for local people to come together and begin the process of restoring the Gaunless to the best possible condition”.

Lisa Stephenson; Groundwork’s Business Development Manager said “this is an excellent opportunity for our two organisations to work in partnership to deliver real change. This marks the start of a journey that will enable the communities living near the River Gaunless to uncover the secrets of the river’s natural, cultural and industrial heritage which is at risk of being lost. Working together we will achieve lasting improvements for the community and wildlife.”

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Successful litter pick on the Lumley Park Burn

Volunteers wrapped up warm for a day's litter picking along the Lumley Park Burn at Bournmoor.  As well as bags and bags of rubbish the team removed a tricycle, 2 scooters, car tyres, dining chairs, kitchen cupboards, fertilizer bags, traffic cone, carpets, foam, pipes and cable.  Thank you and well done to all involved!  

If you would like to be involved with volunteering conservation tasks in your local area, check our Get involved page or email admin@wear-rivers-trust.org.uk

 












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First migratory fish in Brancepeth Beck for over 150 years!

After several years of work to remove barriers to the safe passage of migratory fish such as salmon and trout, the first fish in over 150 years have been seen moving freely up the Brancepeth Beck in County Durham.


The Wear Rivers Trust have been working in partnership with Brancepeth Castle, Brancepeth Estate and Brancepeth Castle Golf Club on a project funded by the Environment Agency to modify structures such as culverts, weirs and bridge abutments within the Brancepeth Beck which were proving to be a barrier to migrating fish.

The work has been carried out using a team of local volunteers and staff from the Wear Rivers Trust and the Environment Agency. 

Volunteers have been monitoring various sites along the Brancepeth Beck during the last two months and have confirmed that fish have now been seen to be using the fish passes.

It is hoped that fish populations will now increase along the Brancepeth Beck catchment as more fish are able to reach their spawning grounds.



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Press coverage of the Twizell Burn Restoration Project launch - click here 

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River Deerness Restoration project is Highly

Commended 

 

Read about all the projects nominated in the 2016 Environment Awards - click here  

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Wear Rivers Trust successful funding award from Greggs Community Challenge Fund  


Through their charitable arm ‘The Greggs Foundation’ Greggs plc have donated the proceeds from the plastic carrier bag charge to support environmental education projects for local communities in and around rivers, in Wales, Scotland and England. The initiative aims not only to realise a range of environmental benefits but to also educate local people so that they have a greater appreciation for their local environment and are more likely to access and engage with it. 

Our project will focus on the River Gaunless and aims to provide:

 

  • Environmental education for schools and the wider community

  • Local river-focused projects community projects that include:

 

~       The restoration of freshwater habitats

 

~       River litter clean-ups

 

~       Pollution monitoring

 

~       Monitoring of river life

 

~       Tackling of invasive non-native species

 

~       Riparian tree planting and vegetation management


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River Deerness restoration project is nominated for an award!

 

The work, carried out in partnership with the Environment Agency, Durham University and Durham County Council has been recognised for its contribution to the environment by the County Durham Partnership.

 

The results will be announced on 10th November.

 

Well done to all those involved with the project!

 

Look out for future events on our web site

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