WORK to make the passage of fish through Stafford’s Victoria Park easier is going swimmingly.
The £200,000 project funded by Department for Environmental, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) in the town centre park will replace the worn out slippery wooden pile capping along the banks of the River Sow with a more durable and sustainable recycled plastic capping.
However, a spokesman for Defra told the Newsletter that they were taking the opportunity at the same time to make it easier for fish to pass the two weirs in the park.
“These are the only weirs left on the River Sow which are a barrier to the movement of fish so we will be cutting a small notch in each weir,” he said.
“When this work is finished and our other work to allow fish migration at Great Bridgeford and Shallowford is also complete, fish will be able to travel unobstructed from the River Trent all the way upstream to the top of the River Sow and up into the mid reaches of the Meece Brook.”