River restoration project to be launched in Market Harborough

Posted by pt91 at Feb 17, 2014 04:40 PM |
Leicester biologist leads the project to restore the ecological value of the Welland River
River restoration project to be launched in Market Harborough

Credit: Roland Turner, via Wikimedia Commons

Professor David Harper from our Department of Biology is leading the ‘Welland for People and Wildlife’ project that aims to restore the Welland river in Market Harborough back to its natural beauty and to help the community use the river in a sustainable manner.

The project was made possible after a charitable company, the Welland Rivers Trust, was set up with the help of the University of Leicester. It is one of over 40 such Trusts trying to bring vitality back to Britain’s rivers, seeks to make people aware of the river and its uses; to restore its lost natural value and to help people to use the river sustainably.

It will also receive a boost from postgraduate student Nick Coombs, who will undertake an MPhil supported the by IRSA, a University of Leicester and ERDF-funded project that partners graduate research expertise with growing SMEs in the region. His work will provide 12 months of research assistance for the Welland Rivers Trust supervised by Professor David Harper and Dr Mick Whelan.

Our Enterprise and Business Development Office helped to bid for funding for the project from Defra’s Catchment Restoration Fund, while our Centre for Landscape and Climate Research will form one of the partners alongside The Environment Agency and Harborough District Council.

For more information about the river restoration project and for finding out how the community can get involved, people can attend a meeting this Thursday, 20 February 2014,  at The Regency Room, The Angel Hotel, 37 High Street, Market Harborough, 4pm.