Severn Vale | Severn
Severn Rivers Trust & Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
Kai'a Bellamy - Wetlands Project Officer at Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
The Severn Vale area includes many of the small rivers and brooks that drain into the lower River Severn or directly into the Severn estuary. The land is variable with mixed urban, agricultural and forested areas. The main urban areas include Gloucester, Cheltenham, Ledbury and Stroud.
The Severn Vale catchment partnership is engaging with a wide range of partners throughout the catchment including local authorities, statutory bodies, recreational groups, water companies, and conservation organisations. A steering group was formed in 2014, then in 2015 an open event was held where over 100 people got together to share their views on the catchment and discuss the priorities for the partnership. These results were used to inform the current catchment plan.
Regular meetings of the partnership are held to review the priorities and progress with projects and identify any new opportunities for engagement. The partnership will frequently update the catchments online project map with existing, developing, and conceptual projects.
The updated Wilder Frome Vision and Strategic Action Plan can be found below, integrating the comments from our partners and local communities, as well as the Wilder Frome Project Group’s response to the consultation.
The Severn Vale Catchment Partnership work across the Severn Vale to promote and improve the water environment for people and wildlife alike. Since 2020 the partnership has been trialling a new approach to project development and focusing on 5 priority areas:
By trying to focus our effort over the next couple of years on key catchments and areas of work, we aim to develop a series of ambitious flagship projects that set out how we can restore functionality at a catchment level, and which can support and help bring in funding for delivery on the ground. Whilst the projects will seek to include specific work plans, other works will be considered when opportunities for improvement arise.
The first project we are taking forward focuses on the River Frome catchment in Stroud District. A range of organisations have come together and developed a vision for how we think the Frome should look as well as detailing some specific objectives we would like to see realised by 2030. We fully appreciate that the River Frome and its adjoining habitats belongs to all the individuals and communities who rely on it for work, rest, and play, and equally the wildlife that calls it home.
You can find the Wilder Frome Vision and Strategic Action Plan below.
On Thursday June 8th, the Severn Vale Catchment Partnership hosted Riverwoods and the Wilder Frome, a community event where we discussed our vision for the Frome with over 80 people from Stroud and the surrounding area.
Tickets sold out and we are very grateful to everyone who came to show their support for this vision, and to offer feedback and comments.
Watch this space for more engaging events happening in the Catchment!