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Work begins on weir conservation at Ludlow Castle
7:00am Wednesday 25th September 2013 in News
WORK to conserve the weir beneath Ludlow Castle is underway on the River Teme.
The two-month project was initiated by the owners, Dinham Millennium Green Trust, a local charity body which is made up entirely of volunteers.
Help with funding has come from Shropshire Council – through the Market Towns’ Revitalisation Programme – and from The Veolia Environmental Trust, which awards grants to community and environmental projects.
During the anticipated low water period in late summer, the plans will focus on 30 metres of the weir, - running from the rear of the Mill on the Green – and on the strengthening of the stone structure along the entire length of the Weir.
“We owe huge thanks to these two funding bodies, Shropshire Council and The Veolia Environmental Trust, for their help with this phase of the work and for seeing the merit and urgency of our scheme,” said Paul Nicholls, chairman of the Dinham Millennium Green Trust.
“There is still considerable work to do.
Plans are in the pipeline for a phase two of the operation, which will hopefully go ahead the same period of next year.
“The weir is very important to Ludlow, not least for its historical and scenic attributes and after inspections revealed damaged structure beneath the waterline, we couldn’t afford to delay.”
Alongside the Trust’s project, the Environment Agency, with Severn Rivers’ Trust, plans to create a fish pass through meadowland at the weir’s north-western end.
This too must be completed quickly in order to accommodate the salmon run in October and November when the fish move upstream to spawn.
Low water in 2011 meant that many failed to make the journey.
“The fish pass is not on Trust property but we are absolutely delighted to see it,” added Paul Nicholls.
“We have sought and received assurances that it will not seriously divert water from cascading over the Weir.”
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