The River Biss and its tributaries which run through Trowbridge is to be the subject of a project which will soon be launched by Devizes-based charity, Wiltshire Wildlife Trust.

‘A Better Biss Approach’, which will be part-funded by the Wessex Water Foundation, is a five-year project which will focus on restoring the waterways and enhancing the natural habitat, whilst also connecting communities with the river.

A spokesperson for WWT said “We are really looking forward to working with landowners, stakeholders and communities to improve the river and wetland habitats across the Biss catchment. We are also very grateful to Wessex Water for the support and look forward to working closely with them for the next five years.”

The aims of the ABBA project are to:

• restore and enhance the catchment, by connecting and creating areas for wildlife in urban and rural settings

• improve the water quality of the catchment and address reasons for poor condition

• promote the importance of the river corridor in Trowbridge for wildlife, access to nature, health and well-being, and its heritage

• promote the river in high-level strategic planning and development across the catchment.

The Wessex Water Foundation is a dedicated funding scheme for community projects across the Wessex Water region, run in partnership with the Wiltshire, Somerset, Dorset and Quartet Community Foundations. Launched earlier this year, the Foundation helps to encourage communities to look at ways they can protect and engage with their local environment.