Archive: SUNRISE Project Update

Wildflowers, pollinators and birds to benefit from work to improve river habitats in Milton

The River Trent is the third longest river in England, flowing for 185 miles. It starts its epic journey as a natural spring high up on Biddulph Moor, north of Stoke-on-Trent. As it travels through the city it is still in its infancy, and just a few feet wide in places. Nowhere is this more…

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River restoration at university expands wildlife corridor through heart of Stoke-on-Trent

A 450-metre stretch of the River Trent through Staffordshire University has been re-naturalised – providing another link in the chain for a joined-up wildlife corridor though the heart of Stoke-on-Trent. A straight section of the river at the university’s Leek Road campus has been transformed so it naturally meanders through the site, offering a diverse…

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Historic moment as River Trent changes course at former Stoke City FC ground

History has been made following the completion of a huge new river channel that has changed the course of the River Trent through inner city Stoke-on-Trent. County nature conservation charity Staffordshire Wildlife Trust led the construction of the new route, which involved the excavating 40,000 tonnes of earth to create a gently meandering course which…

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Residents invited to find out more about project to restore precious wetland habitat

Pool Dam residents are invited to learn more about plans to revitalise a wetland nature reserve that is at risk of drying out. Conservationists wish to carry out work at Pool Dam Marsh Local Nature Reserve, to restore the unique habitat and create homes for a greater variety of wetland wildlife. The proposals, which are…

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A new lease of life for a tired stretch of the river Trent.

Work has begun on a major project to improve and naturalise the River Trent by creating a new section of river channel at the site of the old Victoria Ground in Stoke-on-Trent. This project to restore the River Trent is one of 16 environmental enhancement schemes which make up the ERDF (European Regional Development Fund)…

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Planning Permission Update – River Diversion Project, Victoria Ground, Stoke-on-Trent

PRESS RELEASE: Fish populations and wildlife habitats can thrive after planning permission was granted to create a new river channel by the site of the old Victoria Ground, the former home of Stoke City Football Club. Following a significant planning and design period, planning permission has now been granted which will allow the new channel…

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Summer 2019 – Work Update

The Summer work season for the SUNRISE Project is well and truly over – it has been a busy and successful season, but there is no break for the project team who are now busy preparing for work to come over the Autumn and Winter period.  Over the summer the SUNRISE Project worked on approx…

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Summer 2019 – Wild flower meadows

Grassland enhancements are one of the 5 key themes of green space enhancement that the ERDF SUNRISE project is working towards. Project staff have been busy updating and fine tuning the originally submitted project proposals to turn them into workable plans, and working with other partners to get ready for the summer months when this…

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Winter 2018/19 – Woodland Management

March saw the conclusion of a large programme of woodland management undertaken by the ERDF SUNRISE project across three sites in Newcastle-under-Lyme. The changing seasons bring different different priorities to the SUNRISE Project work. Winter is the time for woodland management. Working closely with Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council’s Tree Officer and Landscape Manager a plan for…

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