Henry visited the River Nar to see how work is progressing to restore the river to its natural state after years of damage.
The River Nar is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and flows 15 miles from Castle Acre, through to Narborough, joining the River Great Ouse at King’s Lynn. The Environment Agency, with partners including the Norfolk Rivers Trust, is working hard to improve water quality and encourage wildlife back upstream.
Henry said: “The River Nar is one of Norfolk’s premier chalk streams and is an absolutely vital part of West Norfolk’s countryside and habitat.
I applaud the restoration work being carried out by the Environment Agency and Norfolk Rivers Trust – it is removing silt from the river, improving spawning grounds, and what is very exciting is the possibility of the return of migrating sea trout.”
Dr Geoff Brighty, Area Manager for the Environment Agency, said: “People have had a long association with rivers, for life and their livelihoods.
“But this has led to a decline in water quality and caused damage to habitats and wildlife. Working with our partners here in Norfolk, we have helped to turn back the years, restoring the beautiful River Nar to a more sustainable state and helping to protect it in the future.”
If you are interested in helping to protect Norfolk’s rivers, visit http://www.norfolkriverstrust.org/