Submitted by AJ Cann on Thu, 29/07/2021 - 08:13
Wash Brook

A major project to protect and restore a tributary of the River Soar in Leicester has been awarded more than £800,000 from the Heritage Fund Green Recovery Challenge Fund 2. More...

The Saffron Brook and surrounding catchment area act as a key wildlife corridor in the region, linking the centre of Leicester to rural Leicestershire and beyond. The “Saving the Saffron Brook River Restoration Scheme” hopes to improve the heavily-degraded river ecosystems along the whole course of the Saffron/Wash Brook, which runs through the south of the city from neighbouring Oadby and Wigston, through a programme of conservation, restoration and repair works, as well as community engagement designed to get local people involved. Leicester City Council and Trent Rivers Trust have been awarded £807,800 to deliver the project between September 2021 to March 2023. Other partners involved in the project include: 

  • NatureSpot
  • Environment Agency
  • Knighton Wild
  • Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust
  • Leicestershire County Council
  • Oadby and Wigston Borough Council
  • Oak Multi Academy Trust
  • River Soar and Grand Union Canal Partnership
  • Severn Trent Water
  • Soar Catchment Partnership
  • University of Leicester

NatureSpot will be running guided walks, a Bioblitz event and training sessions on how to identify selected wildlife species and contribute to citizen science recording. You'll be able to find out more about NatureSpot's contributions to the project here, and we will let you know how you can get involved in this exciting scheme in the years ahead. 

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