Residents are being invited to find out more about plans to restore a river to its natural state.

The work will involve removing part of the culvert from the River Penk at Penk Rise, Tettenhall Wood, and should improve the biodiversity of an area which is recognised as a Site of Local Importance to Nature Conservation.

It will enable a wider variety of flora and fauna to establish on the riverbank, improve the water quality and help with the natural drainage of nearby fields. Removing part of the culvert will also mean that grid at its entrance is no longer needed. The grid is regularly clogged up with debris carried downstream and so requires clearing, but this will no longer be the case.

The work was developed by The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country and has been funded thanks to an £18,000 grant from the Nature Improvement Area (NIA). The project is being carried out by the Environmental Agency in partnership with Wolverhampton City Council.

It will get underway in the coming weeks, and people can find out more about the plans at a public information event taking place at the King's C of E School on Wednesday (12 March, 2014) from 6pm to 8pm.

  • released: Thursday 6 March, 2014