River wildlife project and history trail

Joseph Hayat of Sleaford, out in Iraq. EMN-160305-144124001
Joseph Hayat of Sleaford, out in Iraq. EMN-160305-144124001

The Lincolnshire Rivers Trust has been given permission to install an information board near The Drove allotments alongside the River Slea.

Project officer Marie Taylor said: “We have been involved in rehabilitating the river with volunteers in January and we hope that the interpretation board will provide the locals with some useful information regarding the aims of the works along with historical information of the river and the wildlife around the area.”

She explained the volunteers have created some habitat and flow diversity to the straight, river channel, using raised pinch-points (berms) to make a ‘more eye pleasing 
river’.

Mrs Taylor said they first dug out and dumped sediment in the river to create the ‘berms’. She said: “The berms have been enhanced and reinforced by bundles of wood called faggots. Finally, the berms are filled with vegetation which hopefully will take hold and look more natural within a few years.”

North Kesteven District Council has introduced a new history trail exploring the fascinating heritage of Sleaford’s Riverside.

With this free leaflet you can discover many points of interest, from the origins of Sleaford Leisure Centre which was once an outdoor lido known as Bristol Baths to the imposing architecture of Lafford Terrace - the most impressive terrace of homes in town.

This self-guided trail will take approximately one hour and can be picked up for free from Navigation House or Cogglesford Watermill, contact 01529 308207 or email discovernk@n-kesteven.gov.uk