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RECRUITING: Farm Advisor

The Trent Rivers Trust

is looking for a

Farm Advisor

We are looking for an enthusiastic farm advisor to work on behalf of the Trent Rivers Trust (TRT) to deliver a programme of works funded by the Defra Green Recovery Fund, which is aimed at reducing diffuse pollution on farms in the River Eye SSSI catchment around Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire.

The post-holder will deliver a programme of one to one farm visits to promote resource protection and a reduction in diffuse water pollution from agriculture. The post-holder will aim to raise awareness, improve understanding amongst farmers and land managers of diffuse pollution from agriculture and its impact on water quality and the wider water environment.

The role will be home based, but the candidate will be expected to work across the catchment and hot-desk at the Trust office, or partner’s offices when appropriate. The role will also entail a high degree of practical work, project monitoring and evaluation, the coordination of volunteers and working with contractors whilst out on site.

For more information about the role please see the job description HERE.

Ideally full-time, but would consider part-time for the right candidate – Permanent

Salary, subject to funding availability. £21,358 to £23,790 FT depending on experience

Applicants wishing to apply for the post must complete the application form HERE and forward this to rosie@trentriverstrust.org before the closing date

Closing date for applications: 5pm, Friday 29th January 2021

CVs and other forms of application will not be accepted.

No agency applications, please.

If you have any questions about the role, please contact rosie@trentriverstrust.org

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Great news for The River Eye and Trent Rivers Trust

We are delighted to announce that the Trent Rivers Trust has received a grant of £124,500 from the government’s #GreenRecoveryChallengeFund. Thank you to Heritage Fund UK for the grant! #TogetherForOurPlanet 

This amazing news means TRT can deliver improvements to the River Eye catchment and allow us to continue our work to restore the SSSI. This project will contribute to connecting people with nature, through working with landowners to identify ways of improving land management across the catchment to reduce pollution and to benefit wildlife.

As well as retaining 2 existing members of staff, this funding has allowed TRT to employ a young newly qualified officer to work with landowner’s part time on the River Eye and other existing projects to build experience and knowledge.

TRT has for a number of years wanted to carry out improvement works to the River Eye SSSI by implementing options identified and developed from the Strategic Restoration Plan. The project aims to improve wider land management by introducing measures to;

  • Reduce silt run-off
  • Manage phosphates
  • Manage flood risks through natural means
  • Increase tree cover

 

The restoration of the SSSI will be a continuation of work started by TRT in 2016. As the river is currently being assessed as being in unfavourable condition, TRT want to restore it by;

  • Increasing channel sinuosity
  • Retain large woody debris
  • Raise bed levels
  • Carry out tree management
  • Implementing new farming methods to manage high sediment and phosphorus run-off

 

These works consist of constructing in channel and bank features to conserve, enhance, restore and rehabilitate geomorphological features along the river to improve the biodiversity and resilience of the SSSI.

The completion of restoration works to the SSSI is a starting point for further restoration across the Eye catchment. Not only does the project aim to engage with 60 farmers, the SSSI restoration work will bring a community together by celebrating the works through social media and website updates. TRT will provide support to engage and raise awareness of river restoration with the Ernest Cook Trusts Estate’s (ECT) programme of events for school aged children.

This project will have a very positive environmental impact, both related directly to the SSSI site and in relation to the promotion and adoption of longer term positive environmental management across the wider River Eye catchment.

Want to learn more? Contact us: enquiries@trentrvierstrust.org

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River Mease Restoration works to be delivered this summer

Major capital works taking place to enhance important river habitats

Trent Rivers Trust (TRT), in collaboration with partners of the River Mease Catchment Restoration Project, has been spending the lockdown preparing for a summer season of scheme delivery on the River Mease Special Area of Conservation and Site of Special Scientific Interest.

Eight schemes are due to be delivered across the catchment, from river restoration schemes on the River Mease itself to sediment trapping schemes at the headwaters of tributaries. The delivery is the culmination of a year’s worth of preparation, marking the end of the first year of this three-year project. Works will take place around Measham and Chilcote in North West Leicestershire, Netherseal and Overseal in South Derbyshire and Edingale and Croxall in the Lichfield district.

The project is co-funded by the Environment Agency and the local authority Developer Contribution Scheme to improve the water quality, habitat and biodiversity of the River Mease, which is one of the most highly designated rivers in the country, as a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) and Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

The works will result in 9km of watercourse being restored to more natural conditions, creating better habitat for the designated species; 8km of which is on the main River Mease itself. In addition, the works will also create 7.4ha of terrestrial habitat improvements, including enhancement of the riparian zone, tree planting and wetland creation.

More details about 6 of the schemes can be found in the site notices which are required as part of the consultation to work under the Environment Agency’s permitted development rights. If you have any comments on the proposals you may submit these to the address on the notices before 19th September 2020.

Here is a map of where each of the site notices are located River Restoration Autumn 2020 NEAS

You can read the site notices here… MEA023 Croxall; MEA021 Edingale; MEA009 Chilcote Brook; MEA007-8 Money Hill to Yew Tree; MEA007 Money Hill Farm; MEA002 Birds Hill Measham

Please follow the progress of the project on our twitter page @MeaseRiver

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COMMUNITY AND BUSINESS VOLUNTEER DAY ON BOTTLE BROOK, FRIDAY MARCH 13TH 2020

TRT are organising a Community and Business volunteer day at Ripley Greenway near Marehay.

We will be meeting at 10am at the Marehay Miners Welfare Club carpark, 268 Derby Road, Ripley DE5 8JN (ring Julie 07827 667888 if any problems) and aim to finish about 3pm, although you don’t have to spend the whole day – just let us know how much time you can give.

The aim of the day will be to reduce erosion where it’s causing a problem along the brook by using saws or loppers to cut small branches, using them to make bundles and placing them along the brook, working with the Friends of Ripley Greenway.

You will need strong boots/wellies and clothes to keep you warm and dry even if it rains, a drink and a packed lunch. Some hot drinks and biscuits will be provided.

We regret that we can’t provide toilets for this activity—though there are plenty of trees!

These happy people have taken part in previous action days

 

 

Training and equipment will be provided.

Book places or discuss further by emailing Julie: projects@trentriverstrust.org  or you can give her a call on: 07827667888

We look forward to you joining us!!

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River-Friendly Businesses honoured as scheme sparks growing environmental network

Local, regional, national and global firms have secured River-Friendly Business status through an initiative which is helping companies work together to tackle water pollution.

Trent Rivers Trust’s River-Friendly Business accreditation scheme is backed by the Environment Agency and Severn Trent and was launched in 2018. It awards businesses based within the Trent catchment Bronze, Silver and Gold status for helping to improve their local water environment. The overriding message is, “Only rain down the drain.”

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New funds to improve River Mease

The water quality and environment of the River Mease, described as one of the UK’s best examples of an unspoilt meandering lowland river, will be improved thanks to new funding secured by The Trent Rivers Trust.

The Trust, a charity which works with farmers, anglers, landowners, other partners and the general public to improve the environment in the catchment area of the Mease, has appointed Emma Smail as the new River Mease Project Manager.

Emma (pictured above) will work closely with farmers and others to deliver a wide range of environmental projects across the River Mease catchment.

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TRT Spring Newsletter 2019

Welcome to The Trent Rivers Trust (TRT) Spring Newsletter

TRT is taking action across the Trent catchment to make our rivers and streams a better place for wildlife to live and for people to enjoy.

Take a look to to find out what we have been up to in our SPRING NEWSLETTER

 

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Annual Review for 2018

The Trent Rivers Trust Annual Review is now available to download

TRT – Annual Review

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Streams of Wool – 2019

The River Starts Here! Your brooks are important tributaries of the rivers Amber, Erewash and Trent.

The Trent Rivers Trust is working with businesses, communities and organisations like the Environment Agency and local authorities. Together we are making your brooks cleaner, more enjoyable and better for wildlife.

Streams of Wool is part of ‘The River Starts Here!’

May 18th to June 2nd 2019

Woollen decorations on a water and wildlife theme will adorn the trees along footpaths by the brooks around Alfreton, Ripley, South Normanton, Huthwaite and Westhouses. A fortnight of beauty and fun with brook walks, river-dipping, fishing, butterfly walks, history etc.

Why not come and join us… anyone can: groups and individuals, young and old, businesses and schools. Make decorations, publicise Streams of Wool, put on an activity or display, keep an eye on Streams of Wool along your section of brook in case of vandalism, or just wander along!

Interested? Contact projects@trentriverstrust.org or ring 07827 667888

You can also Find us on facebook

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Lowdham NFM – tree planting

TRT has been involved in planting 1,700 trees as part of a Natural Flood Management (NFM) scheme in Lowdham

TRT’s role in delivering NFM has been recognised again. As part of the Government’s £15m funding for the development of NFM, 34 Community Scale projects were allocated funding to deliver and monitor the effectiveness of NFM with TRT working in the Lowdham catchment.

We are well into the delivery in multiple locations of a range of NFM features including leaky barriers, reconnected floodplain and creation of temporary water storage areas.  As part of the project we offered a volunteer day to the Environment Agency to plant trees which will improve ground infiltration and slow down overland flows of heavy rainwater. The day was covered by East Midlands Today, Radio Four, Radio Nottingham and the local press.

The local press who covered the story were West Bridgford Wire and Nottinghamshire Live 

 

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