Cummins Generator Technologies donates £32,000 to Stamford Millstream project

A PROJECT to restore the Millstream in Stamford has been given a £32,000 boost.

The Welland Rivers Trust, which works to protect and develop the River Welland, was given the grant by Cummins Generator Technologies for its Millstream restoration project.

The trust applied for the money at the beginning of the year after finding out about the Cummins fund from volunteers who have helped with the project so far.

David Sones, of Water Street, Stamford, is a trustee of the Welland Rivers Trust.

He said: “This money will be of huge help to the project. Although we have got the benefit of so many volunteers, there is a limit to what we can do with manpower alone and some of the work will require more sophisticated equipment.

“Over the years there have been a lot of enthusiastic people trying to do their bit but what we are trying to do is get the stream in a better situation ecologically in the first instance but also to get a long-term maintenance plan in place.”

As part of the Millstream project, the group wants to replant the banks with wild bushes, create shallow areas where it is safe to stand in the water and is also looking at new ways of supplying water to the stream.

Steve Earl, health, safety and environment training and security manager at Cummins Generator Technologies, said: “We are delighted that Cummins are able to contribute to improvements on the Welland. Our staff have such enthusiasm for this project and are able to put their many talents to great use to benefit the river and the community.”

The trust, which was established about two years ago, has also published its first draft report on its activities across the whole of the River Welland, including its work with the Environment Agency, Anglian Water and the NFU.

The report aims to inform people and businesses about the importance of its work and asks interested parties who would like to help with activities or have ideas to get in touch.

The report can be downloaded by visiting www.wellandriverstrust.org.uk and responses can be made by e-mailing project officer ajenkins@wellandriverstrust.org.uk.