Boost to conservation work on Ledbury Town Trail following Severn Trent Community Fund grant
Tuesday 1 November 2022
A section of the popular walking trail in Ledbury is set to be transformed following receipt of a grant from Severn Trent’s Community Fund. This will improve the area for walkers as well as the ‘ditch’ running between Bridge Street and Woodleigh Road.
Over the past few years, much of Ledbury’s Town Trail has become overgrown and neglected, putting off walkers who want to enjoy the path. The ditch alongside has become clogged up which hasn’t helped drainage of rainwater from the path or the diversity of plant life.
Following a successful application from local community group Sustainable Ledbury, Severn Trent has awarded £3,462 towards the clean-up of the area.
The grant will enable the group to cut back the overgrown vegetation, remove litter, dig out debris from the ditch and stream, and plant marginal plants that are in keeping with the area. The project will improve the appearance of the area and allow the stream to flow more freely, enhancing the habitat for local wildlife.
Information boards will be placed along the footpath, educating walkers on the history of the town, as well as providing information about the flora and fauna to be found along the trail.
Nina Shields, Sustainable Ledbury’s Project Leader said: “Over the last few years the stream has become choked with debris and litter, and hidden by vegetation – it’s been devastating to see the impact.
“Improving and maintaining the stream will reduce flooding onto the path in heavy rain and improve the quality of the water draining into the River Leadon. We know from residents whose gardens back on to this part of the trail that there are newts, frogs, toads and slow worms in the area. They will benefit from a richer habitat and we also hope to see bats again.
“We’re so grateful for the grant from Severn Trent. Thanks to them, this project will complement the work we’ve already done to improve the area. It will be great to see the trail used more frequently as we progress with the project and we’re looking forward to seeing a wider range of wildflowers flourishing.”
Jade Gough, Severn Trent Community Fund Officer, said: “At Severn Trent, we know that when we take care of the natural environment, we in turn also take care of our water and the wellbeing of our community, so we are absolutely delighted to award Sustainable Ledbury this grant.
“Through this work, volunteers at Sustainable Ledbury are actively improving the biodiversity in the area, positively impacting the area and enabling many more people to be able to enjoy this wonderful trail for years to come.”
Severn Trent’s Community Fund was created for community groups and projects that aim to improve community wellbeing:
• People: Projects that help people to lead a healthier life and gain new skills.
• Places: Projects that help to create better places to live in and use.
• Environment: Projects that will help look after our natural environment.
Are you part of a community group or project aiming to improve community wellbeing? Please visit stwater.co.uk/communityfund to find out how to apply for a grant.