Work to improve the habitat in and around Mill Pond at The Carrs Local Nature Reserve in Warsop is continuing, despite the project experiencing unexpected complications along the way.
The project, which is called Driving the Carrs, is being delivered by Mansfield District Council, the Environment Agency, Friends of the Carrs and Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust.
Work on the Carrs will include removing silt from the Mill pool and adding new planting around the edge to provide additional wildlife habitat, as well as removing an old weir to allow fish to travel more freely.
Unfortunately the project has experienced delays due to the results of sample testing of the silt in the Mill pool, which showed unexpected high levels of trace metals. This means that the partnership has to reconsider how the silt is disposed of and a number of potential alternative solutions are now being explored.
Coun Philip Shields, Portfolio Holder for the Environment, said: “We are confident that the partnership will find a way to deliver the project; the Environment Agency is seeking expert advice on the issues of the silt and we are hopeful of having a revised plan within the next couple of months. The delay is unfortunate but it is now giving us the opportunity to consider how we might expand the project and deliver additional benefits for local people and wildlife.”
The partnership hopes to have a revised project plan in place early next year with on-site work being rescheduled for late summer/early autumn.