River Ver to get a makeover through St Albans

April 20th 2016
By: Melanie Hollidge

The river Ver in Hertfordshire has a long history that reaches way back to Roman times so it is great to see that the stretch of the river that runs through St Albans is heading for a twenty first century makeover. The Environment Agency is funding a feasibility study working with Affinity Water, park owners, St Albans City and District Council to assess what options there are, and the likely impact and costs involved to improve the water quality, flow and habitat of the River Ver in St Albans. Its aim is to return the river to a healthier, more natural state from Verulamium Park to the Sopwell Nunnery.
 
The scheme will look to restore the Ver’s original characteristics including crystal clear water, a clean gravel bed and strong flows. It will also improve the aquatic environment to support a wide range of birds, plants, animals and fish such as water vole, brown trout and kingfishers. Improving the natural features at the heart of St Albans.
 
In the meantime if you want to get involved with the Ver Valley Action Group, as they are always looking for new volunteers to help, their next meeting is on Sat 16th April 10.00 - 12.00 at Frogmore Pits to survey the river for silt and build natural deflectors, using fallen trees. For those without waders, new bramble growth along the path and banks will need to be removed. The meeting after that is on Sat 21st May 10.00 -12.00 to remove litter from the river and reduce the early growth of Himalayan Balsam along the new footpath, check out their website @ http://www.riverver.co.uk/ or contact  the VAG Co-ordinanator – Sue Frearson and her contact Tel 01727 761878 or via email: sue.frearson@which.net
 

Join the VVS as a family for just £8 per year and receive a free set of the 8 walking leaflets.
 
Source: All about St Albans

Photo Source: Riverver -  3 of the 17 volunteers from the VVS Action Group clearing the Ver at Verulam Golf Course in November 2015 for Sustainable St Albans Week.