Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Over £200,000 secured for eco-projects along River Rase

Over £200,000 has been secured by Lincolnshire County Council, Lincolnshire Chalk Streams Trust and the Lincolnshire Chalk Streams Project from the Government’s Green Recovery Challenge Fund.

The fund, delivered by The National Lottery Heritage Fund in partnership with Natural England and the Environment Agency, will enable the Lincolnshire Chalk Streams team to install nature based solutions in the River Rase catchment to help the chalk stream adapt to climate change.

The 18 month project will enable the team to install natural flood management schemes over 24.3 kilometres, including field bunds, leaky barriers, scrapes, ponds, re-profiling and two or more habitat enhancements, such as improving cattle drinking areas to reduce poaching of the banks.

Cllr Colin Davie, executive member for environment at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “This is brilliant news for the area. Climate change is having an impact on our chalk streams, so this funding will be used to help slow the flow during high rainfall and help to reduce flooding downstream in the catchment.”

Sarah Baker, Lincolnshire Chalk Streams Trust, Trustee, adds: “As well as the practical elements, it will also help us to develop a programme of events to share information from other chalk stream landowners and to help connect locals with this rare and beautiful chalk stream full of wildlife on their doorstep.”

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