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Culvert removed from the River Darwen to save rare plant

Lancashire Telegraph: WORK The Environment Agency removing the Shorey Bank culvert WORK The Environment Agency removing the Shorey Bank culvert

WORK to transform a section of river that will help wildlife and fish to flourish is now under way.

The Environment Agency is to remove a 117-metre culvert from the River Darwen at Shorey Bank.

The culvert is covering the river, and, project manager Tony Callaghan said removing it will help the near-extinct small-reed to thrive in the town.

Tony Callaghan, Environment Agency project manager, said: “Removing this culvert is one small step in our plans to transform more than 9,500 miles of rivers in England and Wales by 2015 – the equivalent of the distance between the UK and Australia.

“Our rivers are the healthiest for 20 years, but we are doing even more to further improve water quality and biodiversity.

“This area of Darwen is home to a very rare plant called narrow small-reed, which is only found at four sites in England.

“By removing the culvert it will give more space and light for this plant to flourish and will also allow brown trout to travel further up and down the river.”

Removing the culvert will also reduce the risk of flooding to more than 120 properties.

In its current form, if the Shorey Bank culvert was to collapse, it would block the River Darwen and could cause flooding.

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The works will also help people to access and enjoy the river bank.

A circular footpath will be built through the wooded area on the opposite side of the river to the A666.

Once complete, people will be able to access the new path from the A666 by two new footbridges or from the footpaths running down the hill from Frederick Street and Nelson Street.

The work will be finished in April.

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1:17pm Thu 9 Feb 12

Your ferret stinks says...

“This area of Darwen is home to a very rare plant called narrow small-reed, which is only found at four sites in England.

It's not the only rare species living in that area of darwen i'll bet a pound to a piece of dirt that there is a whole bunch more.....?
“This area of Darwen is home to a very rare plant called narrow small-reed, which is only found at four sites in England. It's not the only rare species living in that area of darwen i'll bet a pound to a piece of dirt that there is a whole bunch more.....? Your ferret stinks
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1:28pm Thu 9 Feb 12

born n bred blue says...

ferret what you on about????? why dont you just say
ferret what you on about????? why dont you just say born n bred blue
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5:40pm Thu 9 Feb 12

Keep Darwen Green says...

Great article, now lets plant some trees. This area must be very fertile as only 300 yards away there was a skunk weed farm.
Great article, now lets plant some trees. This area must be very fertile as only 300 yards away there was a skunk weed farm. Keep Darwen Green
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7:15pm Thu 9 Feb 12

Your ferret stinks says...

Keep Darwen Green wrote:
Great article, now lets plant some trees. This area must be very fertile as only 300 yards away there was a skunk weed farm.
Where they a narrow small-weed? lol
[quote][p][bold]Keep Darwen Green[/bold] wrote: Great article, now lets plant some trees. This area must be very fertile as only 300 yards away there was a skunk weed farm.[/p][/quote]Where they a narrow small-weed? lol Your ferret stinks
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10:10pm Thu 9 Feb 12

living the end times in BB1 says...

Your ferret stinks wrote:
Keep Darwen Green wrote:
Great article, now lets plant some trees. This area must be very fertile as only 300 yards away there was a skunk weed farm.
Where they a narrow small-weed? lol
Would it not be better to remove Darwen and leave the culvert there..?
[quote][p][bold]Your ferret stinks[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Keep Darwen Green[/bold] wrote: Great article, now lets plant some trees. This area must be very fertile as only 300 yards away there was a skunk weed farm.[/p][/quote]Where they a narrow small-weed? lol[/p][/quote]Would it not be better to remove Darwen and leave the culvert there..? living the end times in BB1
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10:10pm Thu 9 Feb 12

living the end times in BB1 says...

Your ferret stinks wrote:
Keep Darwen Green wrote:
Great article, now lets plant some trees. This area must be very fertile as only 300 yards away there was a skunk weed farm.
Where they a narrow small-weed? lol
Would it not be better to remove Darwen and leave the culvert there..?
[quote][p][bold]Your ferret stinks[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Keep Darwen Green[/bold] wrote: Great article, now lets plant some trees. This area must be very fertile as only 300 yards away there was a skunk weed farm.[/p][/quote]Where they a narrow small-weed? lol[/p][/quote]Would it not be better to remove Darwen and leave the culvert there..? living the end times in BB1
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9:35am Fri 10 Feb 12

enuff_izanuff says...

More improvements for Darwen the town is looking better all the time. The town centre already looks great. Proud to live here :)
More improvements for Darwen the town is looking better all the time. The town centre already looks great. Proud to live here :) enuff_izanuff
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1:56pm Fri 10 Feb 12

Your ferret stinks says...

My granny used to live at the bottom of devils brew in Peabody St in next to the last house to river darwen and i spent my youth shootin rats around there, never thought i would read on here that there are brown trout in the river! thats fantastic news and well done to the E.A.

Never saw any skunks though?
My granny used to live at the bottom of devils brew in Peabody St in next to the last house to river darwen and i spent my youth shootin rats around there, never thought i would read on here that there are brown trout in the river! thats fantastic news and well done to the E.A. Never saw any skunks though? Your ferret stinks
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4:18pm Fri 10 Feb 12

harrythehamster says...

Your ferret stinks wrote:
My granny used to live at the bottom of devils brew in Peabody St in next to the last house to river darwen and i spent my youth shootin rats around there, never thought i would read on here that there are brown trout in the river! thats fantastic news and well done to the E.A. Never saw any skunks though?
She kept them in her bloomers
[quote][p][bold]Your ferret stinks[/bold] wrote: My granny used to live at the bottom of devils brew in Peabody St in next to the last house to river darwen and i spent my youth shootin rats around there, never thought i would read on here that there are brown trout in the river! thats fantastic news and well done to the E.A. Never saw any skunks though?[/p][/quote]She kept them in her bloomers harrythehamster
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