22nd Feb, 2019

Battle plan all set to give Catshill brook some love

Bromsgrove Editorial 18th Apr, 2016 Updated: 17th Oct, 2016

BATTLEFIELD Brook in Catshill may receive some much needed TLC following proposals by residents to reduce pollution, prevent erosion and encourage wildlife.

The proposals for the George Wagstaff Memorial Meadow include removing concrete sandbags along an 18metre section of the brook and installing coir fibre matting alongside the water to prevent erosion.

Lucy Wood, Water and Wetlands Officer for the Trust, said “Bromsgrove’s Battlefield Brook is really important for both wildlife and people.

“Residents can be proud, for example, that the brook is home toWorcestershire’s last remaining population of water voles.”

The proposed action follows Worcestershire Wildlife Trust’s Love Your River Bromsgrove project, funded by the Environment Agency and supported by Waterside Care.

It is intended to improve water quality throughout Bromsgrove and inspire residents to love their waterways.

In January a group of 24 Bromsgrove residents received training from Waterside Care in how to safely test their local rivers and streams for pollution incidents. Trainees were then paired up and began monitoring their chosen stretch of the brook in February.

The re-profiling of 960sqm of existing brook course is hoped to improve biodiversity in the area and diffuse existing pollution.

Any residents who would like to get involved with the Love Your Rivers project should email Lucy Wood or call 01905 754919 or go to www.worcswildlifetrust.co.uk/LoveYourRiverBromsgrove for details.

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