NEWS & UPDATES
Don't forget to keep yourself up to date with YRCT's latest news and updates about our projects, events and work!
CONSERVATION IN ACTION WITH THE PRESTON PRIMARY ECO WARRIORS!
This September we enjoyed a great morning with the children of Preston Primary ECO Warriors group. Exploring an unimproved area of grassland nearby Preston Brook, the children undertook a botany survey and helped us identify a selection of the native species that grow in this habitat, including creeping thistle, meadow buttercup, greater knapweed, and a variety of grasses.
Back at school, the children showed us round their school pond. We talked about the plants and animals that can typically be found in this habitat and how we could encourage more wildlife to visit their school pond.
What’s next? Yeovil Rivers Community Trust is looking forward to supporting the enhancement of Preston Primary School pond, alongside the fantastic team of ECO Warriors.
ST MARGARET'S CEVA PRIMARY SCHOOL SCHOOL GARDEN ENHANCEMENT
This summer, we’ve been supporting St. Margaret’s CEVA Primary School in Tintinhull with the enhancement of their school garden.
The photo is of their bog garden that we recently stabilised with clay to help retain moisture. Newly planted in this area and in the school pond (that is absolutely teeming with life) is a fantastic selection of native aquatic and marginals, including:
Creeping Jenny, Marsh St. John’s Wort, Arrow Head, Marsh Marigold, Water Mint, Flowering Rush, Bladderwort, Water Crowfoot, Brooklime Lesser Spearwort, Marsh Woundwort and Ragged Robin.
Alongside this, we’ve also been helping St. Margret’s establish a wildflower area and a hibernaculum for reptiles and amphibians to use as a shelter during winter.
We first visited St. Margret’s back in the autumn of 2020, and it’s been wonderful to watch their green space develop, and we look forward to seeing how everything is getting on when we next visit.
An extended thank you to Brimsmore Gardens, who have very kindly support this project by gifting St Margret’s a brand new water butt.
YRCT receives grant of £193,600 from the Government’s Green Recovery Challenge Fund!
We’re delighted to announce that the Yeovil Rivers Trust has received a grant from the Government’s Green Recovery Challenge Fund for phase 3 of the Dodham Brook Restoration Project.
With the continued aim to rehabilitate a heavily modified urban water body in Yeovil, Phase 3 focuses on works in the concrete flood channel that poses the most significant barrier to connectivity for wildlife.
You can learn more about the project in our press release by clicking the button below:
We look forward to sharing more updates with you about this exciting development in our Dodham Brook Restoration Project very soon!
YRCT CERTIFICATE OF RECOGNITION BY RHS & SOUTH WEST IN BLOOM
YRCT AWARDED TROUT IN TOWN BRONZE
We are proud to announce that we have been awarded the Trout in the Town Bronze Level Chapter by the Wild Trout Trust!
If you are unfamiliar with the Wild Trout Trust, take a look at their website: https://www.wildtrout.org
They are a great conservation charity working across Britain and Ireland to help make a better world for our rivers, lakes and their wildlife, including our native trout
Click HERE to view the certificate.
We are very proud to announce our Certificate of Recognition from the Royal Horticulture Society and South West in Bloom for helping our community during the pandemic. We would like to sincerely thank all of our volunteers, supporters and everyone at YRCT!
Click HERE to view the letter.
UPDATE ON OUR DODHAM BROOK PROJECT
An update on our Dodham Brook and Ninesprings Enhancement Project!
Here are some of the brushwood bundles and coir logs we have fixed in the Dodham Brook near Goldenstones Bridge. One "berm set" was installed before the high water levels on the 19th August and was completely submerged. When we looked a couple of days later it was still secure and had done exactly what we designed it for, woo hoo! It caught sediment, created variable flow conditions and protected the bank. Fish and insects were already using the berm as shelter and a feeding source!
We now have three completed ready for planting/sowing and trimming the posts. The last two berm sets will be installed on Saturday up stream of the Goldenstones bridge and the enhanced bankside will be planted/sown up. Well Done Team!