River Lea spring clean

Luton's River Lea is having a spring clean
Luton's River Lea is having a spring clean

There’s a spring clean in store for the source of the River Lea in Luton’s Leagrave Park.

On Monday (March 7) a council team will start removing the silt that has built up in the watercourse, slowing the flow.

The excavated material will be piled near the river for a few days to drain and allow any insects or other creatures to return to the water.

It will then be removed, rewarding visitors with a view of the clearer waterway.

A group of volunteers – led by community charity Groundwork Luton & Bedfordshire – will transplant reeds and sedges from elsewhere in the park to help with the natural filtration of the waterway.

The work being carried out is part of a wider plan of improvement and conservation projects to protect and enhance the River Lea. It is being led by the Luton Lea Catchment Partnership.

> More details at www.riverleacatchment.org.uk