It’s been a good year for Lincolnshire Rivers Trust (LRT), the first full year of working towards our 5-year Strategic plan, we have been busy both delivering work and laying the foundations for growth and bigger and more exciting projects. In April we welcomed Gail as a project officer working with communities and volunteers. Her background in field teaching and working with volunteers has been a real asset to LRT. In the summer Sue came on board to provide administration support and has got stuck in and also helped out at some of our events.
Another major milestone for the trust was moving into our first office! Situated above Grantham Museum it provides an opportunity for the team to work together and welcome our stakeholders and partners for meetings. We attended and organised lots of events in 2018 including the iconic Lincolnshire Show, family Bioblitz events at local parks and World Rivers Day at Wyndham Park in Grantham, which included storytelling and fly-fishing demonstrations.
Working with a local contractor we have surveyed and treated 60km of the Upper Witham for Himalayan Balsam and held three successful volunteer ‘Balsam Bashing’ events. The Branston beck community habitat days were an amazing success with 16 volunteers over 3 days turning up to help change an overgrown and over-widened section of the beck into a haven for river wildlife.
We were also awarded money from the Environment Agency to scope and design two fish pass projects: one in partnership with the National Trust at Belton House, through a grade II listed gothic ruin, and the other on the outskirts of Grantham looking at a substantial weir remaining from an historic Paper mill.
We have been awarded funds from the People’s Postcode Lottery to help deliver our ‘Reconnecting the Witham’ project in Grantham in 2019 and, as mentioned, we have also been working hard to develop and find the funding to deliver bigger projects. These include a habitat improvement project at Cringle Brook and a larger 1.5km project on Branston beck, so fingers crossed our funding bids are approved.
And finally, three new trustees joined us in 2018. Their support is vital to the work that we can achieve, and it was great that some of them were able to join us for the first (of hopefully many) LRT Christmas meals!
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