In 2019 the RLCP was part of the Brecks Fen Edge & Rivers Landscape Partnership (BFER) awarded money by the Heritage Lottery Fund to deliver river restoration work, path and access improvements along the River Lark. On Saturday the 18th January the first work party took place downstream of Flempton Bridge, hosted by the Fornhams Group of the RLCP. Volunteers from throughout the catchment cleared brush, trimmed and felled trees along the bank and in the river. The materials collected and processed will be used to make brash bundles at later work parties. These will … Read more
Communities, schools and the landscape of the Brecks will benefit from another series of exciting landscape and heritage conservation projects thanks to a £2m grant from The National Lottery Heritage Fund. The River Lark Catchment Partnership will play a significant role by partnering with the Environment Agency on delivering river restoration work and with Suffolk County Council’s Rights of Way team to deliver river path and access improvements. Trustee Jim Stephens states “For the River Lark Catchment Partnership the five year Brecks Fen Edge and Rivers Landscape Scheme is a huge boost to our ambition to … Read more
On Saturday the 23rd November a training day was held at Fornham All Saints Village Hall for fifteen volunteers from up and down the Lark. In the morning presentations by Rob Macgovern from the Wild Trout Trust, Glenn Smithson and Andrew Hinchley from RLCP instructed on river restoration techniques. We had a fabulous lunch at the Three Kings followed by an In River Training Session. The group learnt how to build a revetment upstream of Duck Sluice to prevent the path subsiding, along with the correct way to add deflectors in the river to improve … Read more
20 August 2019 – Big news today regarding Greene King, our much-loved town brewery. Today was the day Glenn Smithson,restoration co-ordinator for RLCP called round to see Jenni Murphy of Greene King to collect a goodie box. This box contains tools , clothing and various PPE, kindly put together by Greene King and Haleys Group for the RLCP. Huge thanks from the volunteers that work on the Lark Catchment and best wishes for the future of our town brewers, Greene King.
What is Interreg Europe? Interreg Europe helps regional and local governments across Europe to develop and deliver better policy. By creating an environment and opportunities for sharing solutions, we aim to ensure that government investment, innovation and implementation efforts all lead to integrated and sustainable impact for people and place. For more information visit our site: https://www.interregeurope.eu/about-us/what-is-interreg-europe/ What is WaterCog? The focus of the Interreg Water Co-Governance for Sustainable Ecosystems project (WaterCoG) is to understand how the implementation of EU directives can be achieved at a local level in the North Sea Region. WaterCog aims to … Read more
The River Lark Partnership What is The River Lark Partnership? The River Lark Partnership is a group of organisations and individuals that have come together to enable a cohesive approach to the environmental challenges facing the River Lark. From waterways management to wildlife protection our rivers and waterways need support if they are to thrive. Rather than continue to work as separate groups- The River Lark Catchment Partnership aims to pool resources, expertise and knowledge to help sustain a vibrant, healthy waterway, so crucial to this part of East Anglia. The partnership consists of various … Read more
Preserving the environmental heritage of Bury St Edmunds and its beautiful water meadows can be a challenge, not least when the offending invader is the pretty pink plant known as Himalayan Balsam. 12 volunteers from the Bury Water Meadows group (BWMG) recently met in Holywater Meadows and The Butts to rid the River Linnet of this plant which has seeds that will explode up to 22 feet. A second weekend work party has now completed clearance of the Linnet and made a start at No Mans Meadows on clearing the Lark. What is Himalayan Balsam? … Read more
Chairman of the RLCP, Andrew Hinchley is being interviewed by Radio Suffolk about the partnership. Make sure you listen on Wednesday 07/09/2016 at 3.10 pm Lesley Dolphin 98.5FM/ 104.6 FM / Digital All about Suffolk – from farming, food, gardening, local history and a sofa guest. You can also listen again to a repeat of the programme after broadcast. Enjoy the show.
Member organisation Bury St Edmunds Trout Club has recently received a national award for its’ river restoration work on the West Stow stretch of the Lark. Read the East Anglian Daily Times article here (picture courtesy of the East Anglian daily Times) Copyright Ian Hawkins