One of the features of Turnastone Court Farm is the amount of water surrounding it. We have the River Dore, the historical sluices and Slough Brook. However, the Slough Brook shows signs of major erosion, something which was worsened during the floods of winter 2019. In many places the riverbank has now completely disappeared and the field margins are unrecognisable.

Ruth Moss, Monitoring Officer for Herefordshire has created a riverbank stabilisation plan for the site. It involves working with volunteers to plant native water marginal plants into a coconut coir (biodegradable fibre matting) and reseeding the top of the bank with wildflower mix.  

It is important to the CRT to use British native aquatic water plants for this project, such as water forget-me-not, marsh marigold, lesser pond sedge, yellow flag iris, purple loosestrife, water mint, meadowsweet and ragged robin.

This will create a brand-new and much needed habitat for pollinators, particularly insects and birds, providing ample food for mammals and other species higher up the food chain. Yellow flag iris is a favoured food plant of water voles which are endangered and protected in the UK. A variety of good marginal vegetation will support a healthy invertebrate community which will encourage bat species such as the soprano pipistrelle which is a UK BAP species that forages for insects along watercourses.

Would you make a donation so we can revegetate a section of the Slough Brook with native water flowers, stabilising the bank and minimising erosion in addition to providing a diverse habitat and excellent restaurant for pollinators.

Each coconut coir and plants costs approximately £150. Ruth has identified four places on the Slough Brook where they need to be placed, bringing the total cost of the project to £600. If you wanted fund one, or more areas, we would be willing to put your name on an information board or plaque near the site.

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