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Leicester City in the Community Adopts Part Of River Soar

A half-mile stretch of River Soar that runs adjacent to King Power Stadium has been adopted from the Canal & River Trust.

- Part of the River Soar has been adopted by Leicester City in the Community
- Silver Foxes participants joined the unveiling on Thursday 26 May
- The adoption comes as part of Leicester City in the Community’s Eco Foxes environmental sustainability strategy

A small ceremony involving Silver Foxes participants took place alongside the Freemens Meadow Lock, which marked the official announcement of the 'community adoption'. The move comes as a result of Leicester City in the Community’s focus on environmental sustainability.

It will allow participants at the Club's charitable arm to access the river and take part in activities such as clean-ups, planting and birdwatching. Alex Evans, Environmental Sustainability Coordinator at Leicester City in the Community, highlighted what this means to those participants.

“Our adoption of this stretch of the River Soar has come about as a result of our growing relationship with the Canal and River Trust, and aligns to our Eco Foxes programme by increasing our organisation’s connection with nature.

“We’re going to use this part of the river and the towpath for educational activities around river health and biodiversity, and we’re also going to host practical sessions such as species surveys, litter picks and planting plants that will benefit the species living along the river.

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Silver Foxes participants joined the unveiling earlier this week.

“As a result, the community will have more activities to get involved with along the river, and the river itself will benefit from our sessions that support the area’s natural life.”

Richard Owen, Volunteering and Developing Coordinator at the Canal & River Trust, said: “[This] will help us as a Trust to get that message out there on what the waterways can do, how it can impact the community and how important it is to Leicester.

“We know what a difference being by the water has on an individual’s health and wellbeing, and what an impact being on the water can have not only for the environment, but for individuals as well.

“There are going to be some really exciting projects to come from this partnership.”

For more on Leicester City in the Community’s Environmental Sustainability strategy, contact Alex Evans on alex.evans@lcfc.co.uk.

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