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If you go down to the Brook today…

You’ll be in for a furry surprise, especially at Hilcote setback outfall on Normanton Brook in South Bolsover District, Derbyshire.  A local wildlife photographer Ian Wilson has told us that he has spotted 5, yes 5 Water Voles around the outfall.

Hilcote setback outfall is a project we successfully delivered in Spring 2019. The outfall brings rainwater off the nearby industrial estate directly to Normanton Brook.  Meaning any pollutants in the rainwater, say from a road spillage would find their way directly into the Brook.

Our project removed 25 metres of concrete outfall to create space to build a backwater and a swale. These intercept possible pollution, allowing it to breakdown before reaching the brook, improving the habitat for wildlife, particularly the water voles that live in the Brook.

Water voles (commonly known as the Water Rat – remember Ratty from Wind in the Willows?  He was a Water Vole) are the largest species of vole in Britain.  Water voles have undergone one of the most serious declines of any wild mammal in Britain during the 20th century. Loss and degradation of habitat, are major causes of decline as is the introduction of the American Mink .  It is thought that between 1989 and 1998, the population fell by almost 90 per cent!

So back to the Hilcote Five – how fantastic that our project has delivered an improved habitat, now where did I put that copy of Wind in the Willows?

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Integrated approaches to improve Flood Risk Management: interviews from our FRAMES event

Video interviews from TRT’s Flood Risk Management for the Next Decade – a Multi-Layered Safety Approach event in February 2020.

The Multi-layered safety (MLS) approach integrates engineered measures for flood risk management with spatial planning, emergency response and resilient recovery. The concept has been applied to pilots around the North Sea region under the EU INTERREG FRAMES project, which includes sites within the UK.

Could the MLS concept be applied wider within the UK and inform sustainable Flood Risk Management?

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TRT Welcomes New Chief Executive, Matt Easter

Matt Easter is the new Chief Executive of The Trent Rivers Trust. He takes up the role on 6 May 2020.

Joining the Trust Matt continues a career of over 20 years working in environmental sustainability. Most recently Sustrans’ Midlands and East Director he has considerable experience working and leading in the charitable sector.

The appointment of The Trent Rivers Trust’s first full time CEO reflects our recent growth and successes. Outgoing CEO Chloe Palmer led the Trust for nearly 8 years, expanding our work, impact and team, bringing huge benefits for the Trent’s rivers, streams and wetlands.

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TRT welcomes Gail Pickles as Engagement Officer

The Trent Rivers Trust has appointed Gail Pickles to a newly-created role of Engagement Officer.

Gail, a water ecologist and health and wellbeing practitioner, will support TRT’s work to improve water quality by working with local people and businesses to think and engage with their rivers differently.

The aim is to help foster valuable connections with the urban river environment to ultimately improve the rivers and bring wellbeing benefits too.

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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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Flood Risk Management for the next Decade Conference

TRT is pleased to announce we are hosting a conference on Flood Risk Management.

We hope you will join us at our one day conference on 19th February 2020 to discuss integrated approaches to Flood Risk Management featuring speakers from the Environment Agency, University of Sheffield, Nottingham Blue Green Infrastructure Group  and the University of Leeds.

More details and tickets for the event can be found by clicking on the link below:

Flood Risk Management for the Next Decade: A Multi-Layered Safety Approach

This event is part supported by the Interreg North Sea Region EU Development Fund and Nottinghamshire County Council.

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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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