Volunteers needed for Mildenhall riverbank repairs

Volunteers from the River Lark Catchment Partnership enhance the river in Bury St Edmunds last year.

Volunteers from the River Lark Catchment Partnership enhance the river in Bury St Edmunds last year. The partnership hopes to form a Mildenhall sub-group. Picture: RIVER LARK CATCHMENT PARTNERSHIP - Credit: Archant

River Lark Catchment Partnership plans new group for Mildenhall area

Volunteers will not exactly be larking about but they will be having fun while carrying out worthwhile river improvement work in Mildenhall on Saturday.

The helpers are being sought by the River Lark Catchment Partnership to assist in repairing the banks of the Lark through the town’s Jubilee Fields.

Partnership chairman Andrew Hinchley said the event was part of plans to create a Mildenhall sub-group for the partnership, which was a coalition in which community, business and statutory organisations had united to improve the Lark and its river catchment.

The Mildenhall project followed recent successful River Lark works at Fornham and Bury St Edmunds, the latest of which took place last weekend as the partnership worked with the Bury Water Meadows Group on river enhancement in Bury’s Abbey Gardens.

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On Saturday, an introductory talk about the partnership would start at 10am at the Jubilee Centre. Prospective volunteers would then be invited to join the bank repair work, he said.

Mr Hinchley added: “For those wanting a less energetic alternative there will be a leisurely walk around Mildenhall’s water meadows looking at points of interest.

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“The restoration work is supported by the Environment Agency who have paid for the materials needed and will be pitching in to help ensure everything goes to plan and makes a real difference to improve the Lark.”

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