Thanks to generous donations from the Greggs Foundation, four of our Rivers Trusts have delivered the following during 2017:
- The Severn Rivers Trust (SRT) are working with communities throughout the Severn catchment to raise awareness of the benefits of good water management. SRT are also delivering ‘River Friendly’ education days at primary schools, introducing ‘rain gardens’ to 2 schools. SRT have also worked with Greggs volunteers.
- The Clwyd, Conwy & Gwynedd Trust are currently delivering their ‘Finding Torgoch’ project. Another project has one school is engaged with Arctic Charr in the classroom linked with the water quality problems at Llyn Padarn. 2 further schools have signed up for trout in the classroom, students will be raising trout for release back into the wild. A Habitat Survey and Restoration Techniques workshop was held .
- The West Wales Rivers Trust is seeking a part time project development officer in order to facilitate future community engagement / educational events.
- The Wye & Usk Foundation has developed an educational strategy associated with water quality and linked this with key stage 4 in the national curriculum, with delivery in one secondary and one primary school. Water quality testing kits have been supplied. Engagement with Cllr William Powell, & Kirsty Williams, AM, Cabinet Secretary for Education has provided further support and promotion of the project. Engaging materials for students have been developed using this funding.
- The Carmarthenshire Fisherman’s Federation (CFF) has conducted miles of Himalayan balasam removal and mapping within the Tywi catchment, beginning from the top of each tributary and working their way down – this method proves successful in the eradication of this invasive. CFF have engaged community groups and anglers alike in this endeavour.
It is hoped to extend these projects and to build new ones in 2018.
Landuse / sediment transportation educational event (The Wye & Usk Foundation)
Above: the SUDS model house and children taking part in the ‘Yellow Fish Campaign’ (Severn Rivers Trust)