Introduction to the Welland
The River Welland and its brooks and streams flow through our countryside and towns and out to the sea beyond Spalding in Lincolnshire. The river provides us with many useful resources. We turn on our taps, do the washing and flush our toilets. We enjoy food and drink and the everyday benefits of electricity. All these things are provided by or supported by the water that we get from our rivers. Rivers and lakes provide us with activities and adventures. On the Welland, and at places like Rutland Water reservoir, we can enjoy fishing, boating, walking, cycling and nature watching.
The health of the Welland
All rivers in England and Wales including the Welland and its main brooks and streams have recently been assessed. This assessment characterises our river in terms of its wildlife, habitat and the quality and quantity of the water that flows within it. It also helps us to comply with European legislation known as the Water Framework Directive.
The findings of the first assessment in 2009 showed us that most stretches of the river Welland are not in good health. Some of the issues facing the Welland are:
• High levels of phosphate.
• Significant channel modification by straightening, dredging and in channel structures.
• Depleted river habitat.
Improving the Welland in partnership
The Welland needs to be improved and put back into good order. We must ensure that now, and into the future, our river provides people and business with a healthy and useful resource and our native wildlife with a place to live and thrive.
The Welland Valley Partnership formed in 2011. We think that the best way to improve the health and resource of the Welland is to work together at a local level to make improvements. The partnership is chaired by the Welland Rivers Trust. As well as ourselves, the steering group includes:
The vision of the Welland Valley Partnership
The vision of the Welland Valley Partnership is that the River Welland, from its source at Sibbertoft near Leicester to the sea at Spalding in Lincolnshire, including all the watercourses which flow into it, will:
• be cleaner and healthier
• support more fish, birds, and other wildlife
• meet the needs of drinking-water suppliers and business
• provide a more attractive amenity for people to enjoy
• be sensitively managed by everyone whose activities affect it
The Welland Valley Partnership will work with everyone who wants to help realise this vision. This includes individuals, land managers, local communities, businesses, voluntary bodies, local authorities, and government agencies.
As a partnership we have already completed schemes that will help to improve the river Welland. These will benefit fish, plants, insects and other wildlife and will help to meet our obligations under European legislation.
Welland Valley Partnership's Plan
The partnership has developed a plan for the River Welland. The plan sets out some of the issues facing the Welland, what is already happening, what more can be done and who can help.
We want everyone to value and enjoy the Welland, its brooks and streams and to understand their importance as a resource to people, farmers, business and wildlife in the Welland Valley. Our Project Officer will be visiting communities and groups in the Welland Valley. We want you to tell us what you know about the river and what we should do for the Welland.
Please contact us to pass on your thoughts and views. You can email us or leave a message on the Welland Rivers Trust website.