Project to restore stream on track

Sinc stream. Photo: Alan Walters EMN-150902-171832001
Sinc stream. Photo: Alan Walters EMN-150902-171832001

Volunteers in Ketton have been working hard to return a stream to its former glory.

The Sinc Stream area in Ketton was bought by the pairsh council in the early 1960s to secure a green open space for the benefit of the village.

Over time the Sinc Stream area had become scruffy so in 2011, the parish council commissioned a report, which is carried out by the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust.

The aim of the report was to establish the wildlife value of the environment around the Sinc Stream and come up with options for the future development of the site.

On completion of the survey, the parish council took the decision to implement the wildlife trust’s management plan, which was launched in 2013.

Volunteers were called for to take part in the project, not only to enhance the area, but to nurture its bio-diversity.

They were then introduced to Joe Davis, senior reserve officer of the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust, who showed them what could be done on the stream. It was decided on a three year time window for completion of the project.

But the parish council said the work is “well on track to completion within the allotted time span” and will be “not only a wildlife habitat but a delightful area in which to walk”.

Press officer Vic Henry said: “Even on completion of the project, maintenance on the area will be ongoing, so we must congratulate the hard working volunteers for their dedicated work in bringing Sinc Stream back to its former glory.”

He said the project would not have been possible without the parish council, aided with grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Whitebread Trust, as well as the wildlife trust.