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River Witham to get £80,000 investment from National Lottery

Lincolnshire Rivers Trust has been awarded £80,000 of support from the National Lottery to improve the River Witham for wildlife and people in Grantham.

The grant will help fund the ‘Reconnecting the Witham’ project which aims to improve the river habitat for fish and other species including water voles and kingfishers. It will also help people understand and care for the river that runs through their town..

Plans are in place to reconnect the river habitat by installing a fish pass structure, also known as a fish ladder or fish steps, in Queen Elizabeth Park, to enable fish to pass around the barriers by swimming and leaping up a series of relatively low steps into the waters on the other side.

Lincolnshire Rivers Trust has been granted Heritage Lottery funding for its 'Reconnecting the Witham' Project. (13652284)
Lincolnshire Rivers Trust has been granted Heritage Lottery funding for its 'Reconnecting the Witham' Project. (13652284)

The project will also improve the way the river flows alongside Dysart Park and provide opportunities for local people to be involved with volunteering and gain new skills.

There will be also fresh interpretation to provide an understanding of how the river has changed over time and why this makes a difference to the wildlife trying to make it their home.

Schoolchildren will also have the opportunity to learn about the life cycle of eels, their importance for rivers and the chance to care for them in school.

The chair of Lincolnshire Rivers Trust, Dr Lauren Vickers is delighted with the funding.

She said: “I would like to thank the National Lottery and its players for the support for this project. The funding will make a real difference to the health of the River Witham and its resilience for the future.”

The Lincolnshire Rivers Trust covers some of the richest and most diverse farmland and watercourses within England.

From the chalk streams of the Lincolnshire Wolds, across the vast and rich farmland areas and down to the North Sea, the Trust engages with local people, communities and landowners to carry out habitat improvement and monitoring projects.

Dr Vickers added: “We aim to raise awareness of our diverse aquatic landscape and understand the factors influencing and impacting on our river network and wildlife so that they can be appreciated and enjoyed by all.”

For more information, visit: www.lincsrivers.org.uk or follow @lincsrivers on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram #lovelincsrivers

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