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Salt Hill Park wetland almost complete

Leader of the Council, Cllr James Swindlehurst, Gerald Pleace, parks and open space manager, Mayor Cllr Avtar Kaur Cheema, Claire Hutchinson, Working Wetlands Conservation Officer for Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT), Bruce Hicks, parks and open space officer, David Harding at Thames Water and Ali Love at the Environment Agency

A project to attract and enhance wildlife at Salt Hill Stream is nearing completion.

The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT), in partnership with Slough Borough Council, Thames Water and the Environment Agency, has been working in the park over the autumn to create a new wetland area.

Once finished it will provide a valuable home for wildlife and a place where people can enjoy nature and the new stream.

The wetland waterscape, in the north west corner of Salt Hill Park, will feature a new shallow stream filled with colourful plants, native wetland trees, a new footpath and a river dipping area for children.

Slough’s Mayor Cllr Avtar Kaur Cheema turned the first sod to open the wetland creation scheme in October.

WWT's artist impression of the finished project

The contractors, Ebsford Environmental, were expected to finish the groundworks in early December.

Following this, and with support from the Heathrow Community Fund, volunteers and community groups will be invited to take part in tree planting and seed spreading during December and January. The area should then be blooming with colourful plants and trees by next spring.

Working Wetlands Conservation Officer for the project, Claire Hutchinson, said: “The tree planting days are open to everyone who wants to get involved. Not only is planting trees and flowers good for the environment in the fight against climate change, but it will also help to vegetate the wetland area and provide wildlife habitat in future. Taking part is a great way to get outside, get active, meet new people and play a part in shaping the creation of the new wetland in Salt Hill Park.”

There will be an official opening in the spring, and the Mayor will be back to see the finished result.

If you would like to learn more about the project, or get involved with volunteering, email Claire.Hutchinson@wwt.org.uk.

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