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Saving the Salt Hill Stream

Slough Borough Council is working in partnership with environmental charity, WWT (Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust) to improve the Salt Hill stream and its surroundings.

The aim is to create a cleaner healthier watercourse the whole of Slough can be proud of.

Over the past year the project team, which is based in the council’s parks and allotment team, has been working closely with local volunteers to transform the woodland and wetland area next to Keel Drive, known locally as Temple Wood. Volunteers have collected more than 100 bags of litter since January and created a wonderful new dragonfly pool, as well as undertaking vegetation management, river restoration activities, water quality monitoring and seeding banks with wildflowers. Throughout December and January volunteers and local community groups will be installing new entrances, a wooden bridge and a riverside path. Local people are welcome to visit the site to see the transformation first hand. 

River Bug Safari

We’re really excited to be launching our new River Bug Safari project in the New Year, which will help conserve wildlife habitats and enable us to study aquatic insect populations. We’re keen to establish a dedicated group in Slough that meets monthly and our first River Bug Safari is during spring half term on Saturday 10 February, meeting in Salt Hill Park.

Superhero Stream cleans

The New Year calls for a spring clean of our rivers! We’re also working with local schools and community groups to run litter picks and hold a poster competition. The best images will be displayed along the path next to the stream to encourage local people to use the bins provided and raise awareness of how the growing litter problem affects the health of the stream. We have partnered with community group Paving the Way to run a litter picking session in Manor Park on Saturday 13 January, from 11am–1pm.

Environmental improvements in Montem Park

As part of the river restoration process along the Montem Park section of the Salt Hill Stream, WWT will be working with the Chalvey Millennium Green Trust to undertake tree and shrub management on the river banks. This work will help the area to look more visually appealing for local residents and be better for wildlife. Overgrown trees will be cut back or removed to make it safer for pedestrians, and will also allow in more light for river wildlife to thrive, in particular wetland plants, such as yellow iris and watercress. 

For more information  

To register interest in any of the above, or to find out more, email Shelley Rowley at shelley.rowley@wwt.org.uk

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