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
Our last organised work party for this spring at Fullers Mill Garden took place on Saturday 14th March. Unfortunately we just couldn’t complete everything we wanted to before the garden re-opens shortly. We will return later in the year! It is hoped that by narrowing the river and speeding up the flow in this section will discourage the burr reed from completely choking the channel. Also the addition of the new features has greatly added to the habitat diversity. So for now it just remains to say a massive thank you to all our volunteers … Read more
Back to Fullers Mill on Saturday 1st March to continue our Brecks Fen Edge and Rivers Landscape Partnership project. Our super workforce managed to complete the planting of the main island interior with pre-established coir pallets and also used pallets on some exposed mud bank. Advanced the work on the marginal revetments and started to create the brash shelving. All of these features will add much needed in-stream habitat diversity to this reach of the Lark. Many thanks to our wonderful volunteers for all your hard work
After deciding to take a chance with Storm Dennis, the weather was kind to us and we managed a full session at Fullers Mill on 15th February. All our volunteers on duty, experienced and new, put in a good shift, helping each other out and keeping each other safe. Can’t ask for more than that. Consolidating the previous work on the island with some bare and pre-planted rolls, pre-planted pallets and brash bundles, the central island project is now taking shape. We are now extending the brash revetment work upstream, the river is showing us … Read more
River Lark Catchment Partnership has received a Water Resources Communication and Engagement Fund grant to lead engagement events and a study for the design of a river abstraction reform pilot project. The aim of the project will be to improve catchment abstraction management. You can read more about this important development here RLCP Water Resources Communication and Engagement Project Description
Hi everyone, on Saturday 1st February, we kicked off our rather ambitious BFER project at Fullers Mill Garden, West Stow, well worth a visit when they reopen after the winter break. The Lark here has been historically impounded not only by a weir but also the addition of weir boards. On a super low gradient river like the Lark this really puts the brakes on any natural processes as the river cannot even erode anything around the man made steel and concrete impoundment to try and work around the problem. The river can get virtually trapped. … Read more
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