Ramsey Water Care project update

Ramsey Water Care

 What will the project do?

The project aims to work with the community of Ramsey to encourage it to take care of its local river – the Bury Brook/High Lode. In particular the project will concentrate on:

  • Encouraging the community (residents and businesses) to check that their grey water and foul water pipes are correctly connected to the right drains using the Connect Right campaign.
  • Encouraging the use of eco-friendly detergents and reducing the use of anti-bacterial washes.
  • Advising on reporting signs of pollution in the river.
  • Hold a community event to raise awareness of the uniqueness of the river and how
    Winding hole, Ramsey.

    Winding hole, Ramsey.

    to look after it including CCTV investigations along the Great Whyte.

  • Launching a Yellow Fish campaign – yellow fishes painted near surface water drains to deter the dumping of dirty water down them.
  • Starting a Rivercare group with Anglian Water/Keep Britain Tidy.

How will this benefit the Town?

The water quality of the river will improve resulting in a better balance of plant life, less decaying matter and increased levels of wildlife in the river.  A healthier and more attractive river will encourage the community to use it and appreciate it more. A Rivercare group of local volunteers will ensure that the river remains healthy for the future.

Who is funding this project? Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Who is responsible for delivering this project?  Cambridgeshire ACRE: a local charity and the Rural Community Council for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

How can I find our more about this project? 

Contact Rachael Brown at Cambridgeshire ACRE.

Tel: 01353 865037

Email Rachael.brown@cambsacre.org.uk.


The many faces of Bury Brook: Ramsey and Bury

Bury Brook is a fascinating river flowing  through the centre of Huntingdonshire  taking in Broughton, Wistow, Bury and Ramsey along the way. Over its course it changes in appearance greatly and even changes name: it is commonly called the High Lode after it has flowed though Ramsey and the Bury Brook before hand.

Last Friday on a fairly wet November day I went for an explore of the river in and around Ramsey –  apart form getting very wet feet (new walking boots called for) I also took lots of photos in order to show the changing face of this river over a relatively short distance. The first two photos I could call ”now you see me, now you don’t”  and were taken on the southern outskirts of Bury near the Rothschild Way – some parts of the river  were very overgrown and I struggled to see any water at all:

BB near BuryBB overgrown nr Bury

The river then heads towards Ramsey and passes through the golf course to the south of the town, it is easily accessible here and seems to vary from  ‘managed’ to slightly more natural in appearance:

Golf course tidyGolf course untidy

The river then approaches the town where it disappears from view – it enters into two tunnels flowing under the main high street in Ramsey  – the Great Whyte – and emerges to the north of the town near to the community centre and Tesco supermarket. It has now become the High Lode and is navigable from this point on. (Picture with boat taken in June!) 

Smaller Tunnel Downstream of Ramsey - 18.06.15Narrow Boat - 18.06.15

After this the river flows steadily northwards towards the River Nene (Old Course) which it joins about two miles north of Ramsey.

High Lode@Bill FenConfluence Old Nene&High Lode

As you can see it has the appearance of a much more typical Fenland river here  – navigation and water management being primary considerations.

Next week:  Bury Brook further upstream