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Work to start on the River Rib

We are very pleased to announce that the proposed work on the river Rib through the town will start towards the end of October. In fact it may be under way as you read this article.
Hertfordshire and Middlesex Wildlife Trust (HMWT) has received all the permissions they require from the Environment Agency (EA) to start this work.
The anticipated work is to change and improve the structure of the river in the way water flows through the channel. This will be by constructing low level 'berms' in the river bed to adjust the flow of water and to plant in them native chalk stream plants. The new planting will encourage wildlife.
Funding has now been secured by HMWT to work with the Town Council to deliver the river habitat improvements. This funding has been kindly provided by the EA's Herts. & North London Area, via the Green Recovery Challenge Fund, administered by DEFRA and National Lottery.
The work will be carried out from the Ford to opposite Layston Court Gardens. Also some work below the Weir to Luynes Rise Bridge.
Along the Layston Court Garden stretch it will be necessary to remove the tree overhang to allow light and rainfall to get to the river. Without this extra light and rain the new planting will not thrive. There is no plan to fell any trees; just to remove branches overhanging the river. The removed branches will help form the 'berms' in the river.
There will be no obstruction of the Pigs Nose footpath other than for safety reasons when tree work is in progress.
In June HMWT joined with the Friends of the Rib and Quin on a stall at the Summer Arts Festival where a detailed plan was on display.
On behalf of the Town Council may we thank HMWT for all their help and especially Sara Perry their Living Rivers Officer; without her expert guidance none of this would have been possible.

Posted: Fri, 21 Oct 2022 09:52 by Clerk's Office

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