Had it not flooded so dramatically in 1979 and 2007, people might be forgiven for overlooking the fact that there’s a river in Cheltenham. Love Your River Chelt is an initiative to help bring back the river back to it's former glory and connect local communities with this previously iconic feature.

A number of derelict corn mills in the west of the town are testament to the fact that it once was a more central feature, but these days the River Chelt flows largely forgotten underneath the town - sadly neglected and increasingly polluted. 

Through a series of events, volunteering and practical work Gloucestershire Wildlife Trusts' community staff will work with local communities and schools to reconnect people with the river, create a survey and monitoring programme and begin the long journey of restoring the river to a healthy state.


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