There’s a plan to build a new education centre on the Teme at Dinham. It’s really exciting.
When I first heard of these plans, I wasn’t certain how this scheme would work. We don’t have much space available at Dinham and, instinctively, it is not a place to be putting up more buildings. After meeting Mike Morris, deputy director of the Severn Rivers Trust on site last week, I am thrilled by the idea. This could be a new tourist attraction as well as an education centre.
The idea is to build an education centre on the west bank of the Teme near Dinham weir. This site is currently an unmanaged field. It has a degree of biodiversity but is otherwise rough vegetation.
The Severn Rivers Trust has appointed a consultant to help draw up designs. The trust plans to consult with residents, businesses, trusts and councillors from the outset. On a sensitive site like this, a lot will depend on the details of the scheme. We will have time and opportunity to discuss the project in detail in coming months.
The education centre will be part of the Springs of Rivers Project, which is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The project involves a number of initiatives including wildlife and habitat enhancement, water quality improvements and flood alleviation. There are plans to create a Teme Valley Trail along the length of the river, as well as:
“An education centre alongside the Teme at the site of the new fish pass at Dinham Weir in the historic town of Ludlow. This purpose built venue will be a hub, creating a space for the whole community along the river to come together and inspire, share knowledge and experience.”
I think we are at the beginning of a very exciting project for Ludlow.