Mayor Cllr Avtar Kaur Cheema has opened the wetland creation scheme at Salt Hill Stream, braving the bad weather to turn the first sod. The work near to the railway tunnel in Salt Hill Park is expected to finish in eight weeks time, and involves creating a new foot bridge and digging down to release the stream, which is currently encased in pipes underground.
By opening the stream to daylight again, a shallow wetland will be created to attract wildlife and enhance the area. The project is led by the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT), in partnership with Slough Borough Council, the Environment Agency, and Thames Water. There will be an official opening in the spring, and the Mayor will be back to see the finished result.
Mayor Cllr Avtar Kaur Cheema, said: “It’s a pleasure to be here to open this next section of the stream here at Salt Hill. Releasing the stream will improve this section of the park, and I am looking forward to coming back to see how it has changed in the spring.”
Gerald Pleace, parks and open space manager, said: “It will be great to have more of the stream accessible for wildlife and people alike. We are so lucky to have this natural feature in Salt Hill Park and I look forward to it being enjoyed by all.”