New features to help explore River Witham in Grantham park

Park life: Work will take place between the white bridge and Belton Lane bridge.
Park life: Work will take place between the white bridge and Belton Lane bridge.
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A set of new features are set to transform a part of the River Witham running through Wyndham Park, creating a new, safe shallow area for park users to explore the river and its wildlife.

Work will commence on creating a stepped decking on the area between the parks white bridge and Belton Lane bridge next month and is expected to take up to two months.

The improvements which will be carried out by a partnership consisting of Lincolnshire Rivers Trust, Rivercare, SKDC, the Environment Agency, The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and the Big Lottery fund, are set to improve the way the river flows, enhancing wetland habitats and creating a more natural river for people to enjoy.

Colourful and structural wetland flowers will be planted including yellow iris and water forget-me-not in amongst the new area of valuable wetland.

In turn, they will attract endangered mammals like water voles and encourage species such as dragonflies to visit the river.

SKDC business manager for venues and facilities Paul Stokes said: We are very pleased these changes are going ahead that will give park users opportunities to explore like never before.

“We have a fantastic event planned, a ‘Go Wild on the River Witham,’ fun day on Sunday July 9 where family and friends can explore some of the changes and get to grips with some fun river based activities.”