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River Mel Restoration Group


Many people will have noticed the clearance of river growth in the stretch of the Mel between the A10 bridge and the railway bridge. There is a certain value in heavy growth in parts of a river as it acts as a filter, particularly of invasive plants, as well as being good habitat and shelter for fish and invertebrates. But this was a job that needed to be done, and the challenge was to find a window of opportunity between the hatching and maturing of young trout and the start of the breeding season for water voles. The work was carried out by the riparian owner with Rob Mungovan, Ecology Officer for the District Council, involved throughout the planning and during its execution.


The


following RMRG work session was spent in further clearance of weeds in the river and a litter pick, when 21 black bags of rubbish were collected from the bank and the river itself. The reeds will gradually grow up again and in time that stretch of river will slowly recover its heavy growth. However, with the improved flow of water from the road bridge it should not need another major clearance of plants for many years. In the meantime it is a joy to see that stretch of river, with its chalk bed, that has been hidden so long by the thick growth of reeds and other water plants.


Ann Barnes Your Village Hall Needs You!!!


Can you spare a few evenings in the year to assist with the running of the Village Hall? It desperately needs new trustees for it to continue offering such a vital facility to your village.


Please come to the Village Hall AGM to learn more


Tuesday 11th June 8.15pm


Meldreth Village Hall Maggie Smith 14


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