Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust have been awarded a grant from the Government’s £40 million second round of the Green Recovery Challenge Fund. The grant of nearly £200,000 has been awarded to support the Hertfordshire Living Rivers Project to continue to run until March 2023.
The Hertfordshire Living Rivers Project is one of the ninety nature projects across England which have been awarded grants from £68,100 to £1,950,000 to create and retain over 1,000 green jobs, backed by the Government’s £80 million Green Recovery Challenge Fund.
Living Rivers is an ongoing project which aims to restore chalk rivers in Hertfordshire and Middlesex. Hertfordshire is home to 10% of the world’s globally rare chalk streams, but these unique habitats are under threat from low flows, pollution and poor management. The Trust works with landowners, river groups, farmers and statutory bodies to bring chalk streams back to good health and connect them to a natural floodplain of wetlands, ponds, ditches and wet meadows so that our freshwater wildlife can thrive.
Conservation Manager Tim Hill said:
“Restoring our wetland and river habitats has never been so important as it is today. With less than 15% of our rivers in good condition across the country, we need to continue work to restore these precious environments. The Hertfordshire Living Rivers Project coordinates and delivers work to restore wetlands and the wildlife inhabiting our rivers and rare chalk streams.
A key focus over the next few years will be to use this funding to increase water vole populations through ambitious reintroduction programmes and, as hosts of the River Lea Catchment Partnership, to raise awareness of their plight and to work with partners to restore rivers to good health for wildlife and people.”