Marlborough teenagers learn river restoration and conservation thanks to ARK

Written by Neil Goodwin on .

Marlborough teenagers were given hands-on instruction in the art of river restoration and conservation by volunteers from the charity ARK (Action for the River Kennet) at Stonebridge Wild River Reserve in Marlborough on Saturday (12 August) afternoon.


Getting wet but hopefully not too dirty is a prerequisite as the young volunteers heaved into waders, gloves and high-vis waistcoats to spend an afternoon in the Kennet with ARK Project Officer Anna Forbes providing the leadership and direction whilst trying their hands at restoring the islands at Stonebridge Wild River Reserve.

"Everyone did a great job, these sessions are about young people getting outdoors, trying something new, meeting new people and learning new skills.” commented Anna.

“The feedback forms has been very positive, I'm so pleased they have enjoyed themselves", she added.

Marlborough's teen volunteers at ARK's Stonebridge Get Involved Project on SaturdayMarlborough's teen volunteers at ARK's Stonebridge Get Involved Project on SaturdayThe ARK Stonebridge Get Involved Project is funded by The Local Youth Network (LYN), more activities and events will be happening over the coming months.

On 9th September 1pm onwards everyone of all ages is invited to The Big Picnic, a free community event where young people will be helping to run the event.

At the end of September there will be a mass Snake's head fritillary bulb planting in Stonebridge Meadow (jointly owned by Marlborough Town Council and part of Stonebridge Wild River Reserve). For more information visit or