Lib Dem-run Watford Borough Council has approved plans to restore the local River Colne. The ‘Rediscovering the River Colne’ project, which has been jointly developed in partnership with environmental organisation Groundwork, will now move into its first phase of delivery between 2021 and 2024.
The river will undergo an extensive range of improvements with a view to attract back the original biodiversity of the river and its habitats, including plants, fish, birds, insects and other vital species.
A big focus of the project is about engaging local people to help revitalise the area, including opportunities for water monitoring, population counts and more. Throughout the project the council will focus on education around the climate and biodiversity offering outdoor wild-play sessions, riverfly monitoring and wellbeing sessions.
Elected Mayor of Watford, Peter Taylor, said “Looking after our local environment and biodiversity has been a key commitment of mine since becoming Mayor in 2018. This project is just one of the many ways in which we are working to restore our local area and encourage wildlife back into our natural environment.
“I am really looking forward to seeing how this project progresses over the coming years and can’t wait for everyone to get stuck in as we restore the river together.”
- More information about the ‘Rediscovering the River Colne’ project is available at https://www.rivercolnewatford.co.uk/