This Sunday join us with Tidy Stourbridge and do a litter pick by the canal & river.
Date: Sunday 24th January Where: Meeting at the Bonded Warehouse: Time: new time 10am.
Proposed dates for river clean-up events
February 28th Sunday
March 13th Sunday
April 10th Sunday
May 1st Sunday
There will be confirmation nearer the time also as to the location.
In the pipeline:
With the help of Dave Wesson from Dudley Council it appears that we shall have a place to store our equipment in Lye. He is making it secure and hopefully we’ll be able to move all the equipment – and the boat into their new home soon.
After a meeting with senior planners from Dudley Council it looks as if things may be moving forward with the upgrading of the Stour Bridge. I’m optimistic!
I would like to continue visits to local primary schools taking a short film and talk about the river. It seems that the only way is to have contacts. Does anyone have a useful contact in a local school? It seems to fit into the curriculum and was well received in the four schools I visited.
All the best to everyone. Let’s hope we can get going again with improved weather conditions!
Date: Sunday 1st February Time: 10.15 for 10.30 start Place: Bradley Road by the new Lion Health Centre Parking: Good parking facilities there.
The Lion Health development has done work on the river beside the building (already rubbish in it!) but downstream there is a huge amount of rubbish which we have not been able to tackle. River permitting we are going to have a go this time.
We plan on using The Little Stour Warrior to help us. If we are unlucky with the weather and unable to get into the river we will park in the Bonded Warehouse area (check where you park, some areas are fiercely private) and try to deal with the really dreadful litter in the area between Bradley Road and the river, also around the Bonded Warehouse.
River/Eco friendly cleaning products
One of our volunteers has started a new business creating organic household cleaning materials, Called Organic EverClean. Much of what we use is not at all friendly to the environment or the river (where it often ends up!) Sonja is having a launch event with samples of her products at Graham’s Place in Wollaston, from 7 – 9 pm. January 21st. All are invited. She also offers house cleaning. I am going to send her letter separately as it explains her plans. I believe January is ‘Mother Earth’ day so she has chosen a good moment!
River Stour Sign
All rather quiet on the Council front. We have to believe that they are busy creating a fine sign to be situated on the bridge informing that the River Stour is below what doesn’t appear to be a bridge!
We are still looking for a safe dry convenient place to store our equipment and our boat (if possible). Quite a tall order but if you can help with this let me know please.
Hope you may be able to make the next event. I will confirm nearer the time.
Date: Sunday 18th May, 10.15 for 10.30 Where: TheStour bridge – Park at Bonded warehouse
It is definitely a far more adventurous and challenging site than we have ever done before. The work is under the two bridges so light is a bit limited. Do you have a head torch?
Rod is asking a friend to provide an extra strong winch
Helen hopes to bring some buoyancy jackets
Rosanne plans some better waders will look into head torches
At least 8 confident and fairly robust people to go into the river and also two people to work the winch to pull the rubbish out. Then there are people needed to cart the rubbish a very short way for the Council to pick up.
The ‘Little Stour Warrior’
The boat will have her new name painted on her and a new Save our Stour banner.
Rosanne will bring some pure Malvern Water to launch and name her with.
Geraldine would you do the honours here if you are coming?
Anyone who would like to support the launch would be most welcome!
If you intend to go into the river please bring
A strong stick. (this really is needed)
A head torch (if you have one)
And please let me Rosanne know (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you will be able to come and where you think you might help, thanks.
River Stour Photo Competition
Send us your photos of the River Stour and surrounding Flora and Fauna for our 2015 calendar. Here are some photos from last year.
Please include the location and any nearby identifying landmarks. Please state if applicant is under 16.
All images must be of a high resolution for reproduction in the calendar
(a minimum of 300dpi / 1200 pixels wide)
Photographs may be taken anywhere within the Dudley Borough.
Judging will take place in September.
Send Photos to: (please Include your contact details)
Margot James invited Rosanne to meet her to talk about future plans for the river. Karen Shakespeare of Halesowen Council was there. Margot did say she would kayak down the River Stour (as did David Harcourt of Waitrose) if we could organise a river ‘event’ to publicise its existence and condition. Anyone else for that? Contact Rosanne
Last Clean-up Event
Below the Bonded Warehouse. As there was no growth in the Himalayan Balsam we did a litter pick while Paul, Wayne and Bob got into the river and did a clean up there. This very bad area belongs to Revelan property developers. I have written and sent photos to ask them to help us with a clean up.
Himley Hall Meeting
The meeting about the River Stour (and tributaries) at Himley Hall was brilliantly organised and left us feeling very optimistic. There seemed to be a real will to move things forward.
Next Clean-up Event
DATE: Sunday 28th April Let’s hope for good weather and a good turn out.
TIME: 10.15 for 10.30
PLACE: To be decided
Water Testing Date
DATE: Saturday 20th April
For those who wish to be part of this partnership with the Environment Agency We will do a quick refresher on identifying invertebrates and choose sites for water testing ..then learn to do it. Details nearer the time but probably starting around 10.30 and finishing around 3pm. Possible venue: Canoe Hut (if not too cold!)
We returned to the blockage caused by a fallen tree in the wooded area near the Bonded Warehouse and a lot of energy and enthusiasm went into clearing out the debris and plastic caught in it. We also litter picked and pulled out quite a lot of Himalayan balsam.There is a lot of rubbish lying in the river silt. It would be nice to be able to extract some of this in the future.
We are going to alternate between Saturdays and Sundays for events so the next one will be:
Sunday 17th June (Coalbourne Brook)
Meeting at the carpark on Collis Street at 10.30. As vegetation is high all around the brook, we suggest protective clothing and wellies. The brook has some litter in it but also a lot of blockage from wood. Small saws might be useful and if you have any equipment like hoes and rakes that you could bring it would be useful too.
Saturday 14th July (to be confirmed)
To be confirmed but it will probably be a ‘get to know river walk’/litter pick and look at the outflows shown to us by the Environment Agency where pollution can occur. This is one of their requests that we learn to spot and report pollution. There will probably be Himalayan balsam to pull as well.
Environment Agency Meeting
We are hoping to meet Julia Morris from the Environment Agency shortly to see where the water testing points are and have selected the areas where the pollution shows up as worst. (zinc, ammonia, low oxygen, phosphate, cadmium, classed variously as moderate poor and bad).
Do let us know if you have thoughts or suggestions for the future?
If you are interested in getting involved with the River Stour project, we’d love to hear from you…Please contact Rosanne using the form below: