There's something in the water: project aims to restore river to community

Posted by hct16 at Oct 11, 2012 05:06 PM |
Collaboration between University of Leicester and the Welland Rivers Trust works to restore the nature and importance of river to historical town.
There's something in the water: project aims to restore river to community

The Welland Rivers Trust

Dr David Harper, of our Department of Biology, is leading experts including ecologists and community members in the restoration of a watercourse through a historic Leicester market town.

The half-a-million-pound project aims to restore the River Welland at Market Harborough. Dr David Harper, whose career has been dedicated to conservation, said the aim of the project was to put nature back in the river and give the river back to Market Harborough itself.

The project was made possible after University of Leicester helped set up a charitable company,The Welland Rivers Trust, one of 40 such trusts trying to bring the vitality back to Britain’s waterways. The trusts seek to make members of the public aware of rivers and to encourage sustainability.

This is not the Trust's first project and it was earlier successful in mobilising various public and private groups in Stamford, bringing them together to work on the restoration of major public assets within the town that have been neglected for decades.

If you would like to get involved feel free to attend the River Welland restoration project meeting that takes place on November 1 at 7pm at the Angel Hotel, Market Harborough .