The Welland Valley Partnership (WVP) was formed in August 2011 through the collaboration of government organisations, local authorities, private businesses and charities to identify the pressures on the River Welland catchment and take steps to address them together. The WVP is hosted by EMRT and all partners are integral in developing the catchment plan.
The WVP follows the principles of the Catchment Based Approach (CaBA) and is one of more than 100 active catchment partnerships working towards improving the water environment in England.
Members of the WVP include:
The Allerton Project / Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust
Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust
Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust
Leicestershire County Council
Rutland County Council
Harborough District Council
Stamford Town Council
South Kesteven District Council
Wild Trout Trust
Welland & Deepings Internal Drainage Board
The Welland Valley Partnership maintains a five year cycle catchment management plan that is reviewed and updated regularly. You can access the latest plan (2022 – 2027) below.
The Resource Protection Group (RPG) is a sub-group of the WVP that meets quarterly to plan engagement with the farming community to improve water quality through workshops, advisory visits and other means of making best use of local evidence based information on land management.
The Welland was one of three river basin catchments used for a study of phosphorus use in the food system. As a result, we have an unparalleled understanding of how this essential nutrient is used and where improvements can be made to improve water quality and nutrient use efficiency.