After a very unusual year, it has been such a delight to restart our restoration work and training courses again this Autumn. We are so grateful to our fabulous volunteers for their patience and hard work in such uncertain times. Here is a little update of what we’ve been up to since May:
After many years of deterioration our River Lark is set to improve over the next few years – A massive effort is underway! (Press release for Bury Free Press on 07.05.2021) A new Lark pollution report and Action Plan sets out how some key missing objectives can be achieved with the active leadership and help of Jo Churchill MP: “I am delighted to work with the action group, taking steps to ensure that our valuable Chalk Streams and their special eco-systems are protected and revitalised. It will take the effort of all of us to achieve this … Read more
We were hoping to have been able to get some work parties underway by now, but sadly we will have to be patient a little while longer. Here are a few updates with news about RLCP and the river. Volunteer DatabaseA huge thank you to all those of you who have returned the volunteer update form. If you have not yet had a chance to fill one in, it would be really helpful. The form is available here: https://form.jotform.com/210153762335045 It includes a section to tell us which areas of training you are interested in, so we … 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