About

Friends of the Land Yeo was formed in 2003 with the aim to maintain and enhance the Land Yeo river.

Initially this focused on the removal of debris, foliage and agreement with the council to maintain water levels. Improvements in water quality have increased the numbers of fish and improved the river as a habitat for birds and mammals including swans, little egrets, kingfishers, herons and otters.

Improvements to the riverside has resulted in new footpaths being laid. The group has also developed a series of river walks.

History

In 2002, Clevedon Civic Society’s environment group expressed concern about the deteriorating condition of the river and a public meeting  in the town  was arranged to gauge the amount of  interest.

A packed meeting, chaired by Cllr Michael Adames, confirmed strong support for action. This call came from many people who lived close to the river and in many cases had riparian rights and responsibilities for the river adjacent to their houses. It was agreed that a group of volunteers the ‘Land Yeo Friends’ should be formed with the the aim of collectively working to maintain and enhance the river.

It was made clear at the inaugural meeting in October 2003 that the  Land Yeo Friends would be entirely independent of the Town and District Councils and would be a pressure group, but also able, within its constitution, to seek funding and where appropriate, to manage enhancement contracts.

Professional help and advice has been provided by independent consultant Barry Underwood, the Environment Agency and North Somerset Council. Cllr Adames was our first chairman.

Working Party with collected rubbish
skips

How it started

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From the Clevedon Town Council Newsletter Feb 2005

How the river was viewed – press reports

Clevedon Mercury Dec 2002
North Somerset Times Dec 2003
Mercury March 2004

 Achievements 

Automation of the tilting weir at Cook’s Clyse

Instrumental in raising the river’s profile

Reduction in unsightly debris

Improvement at Meadow Road development

Initiated de-culverting of McCarthy Stone development and the clearing of the blocked culvert in Queens Square

Breeding  Swans

This years cygnets June 2011

Tree Planting at Coleridge Vale

Excellent working relationship with North Somerset Council and the Environment Agency

New walkway between Strode Road and Yeo Way

The river flow has improved following clearance of the culverts

The following is an example

Right Winter 2011 – Left Winter 2012

Aims

Wider appreciation that the river is

AN ASSET – NOT A LIABILITY

A river walk from Bristol to Clevedon through the Land Yeo Valley

Culvert screens to prevent debris entering the culverts

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2 Responses to About

  1. Chris Hammond says:

    Hello. Are you still active as a group.
    I’m currently surveying the otter population throughout the local river systems and would be interested in any comments you may have. Thank you

    • brunfag says:

      Hi
      Yes the group is still active. Our AGM is 7:30pm 7th Sept and our next normal bimonthly meeting is 7:30 pm Thurs 5th October. Both meetings are open to all and are at Clevedon Sailing Club. As it happens we have just been in contact with Eric Heath of Avon Wildlife Trust with regard to a circular new walking route using footpaths around the Land Yeo and the Blind Yeo. I’ll see what current information members have at the meeting re otters.

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