We plan to carry out work in action zones along the River Cole in order to meet our four aims. Each action zone has been identified as having issues to be addressed but also providing unique opportunities for improvement. TVWLP and the EA have proposed various schemes to be carried out within these action zones for improvement works to the river.
Through the project we will carry out the following deliverables:
- Creation and restoration of 2km of footpaths, trails and boardwalks to improve public access at key sites.
- 100m of in-channel improvements to the river Cole
- 7km of bank restoration, including removal of invasive species and planting of wildflowers and trees, to improve riparian habitats, prevent sediment runoff and sequestrate carbon.
- 2 hectares of woodland management to provide habitats and enhance species diversity.
- 2 hectares of wetland creation to support a variety of invertebrates, amphibians and birds.
- 3km of wildflower meadow creation and restoration using well-established conservation techniques
- Creation of 6 traineeships and delivery of 144 training courses for 16-24 year olds to provide opportunities for development of conservation-related careers
- 50 short course accredited training opportunities for delivery partners and community groups.
- 20 biodiversity and environmental audits carried out through citizen science with 50 volunteers from local communities.
- Weekly volunteer opportunities to help deliver practical conservation work
- 12 engagement events explaining the benefits of nature to wellbeing
- Weekly blogs and social media posts to update on our progress and relevant events
By carrying out these works and raising awareness of the importance of the River Cole to its local and wider ecosystem, we strive to create an inspiring environment which provides opportunities, enhances appreciation of cultural heritage, benefits the health of communities and makes nature more accessible.
The project will significantly enhance the environment and ecological health of the valley by re-naturalising the river Cole, helping to move it into a better condition, and connecting habitats so that important native species are once again able to thrive. Local communities will also be provided with the skills and experiences needed to continue taking care of the environment after the project ends, to sustain these outcomes into the future.