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Freshwater first is a three year project run by the \Shropshire Middle Severn Catchment partnership, of which the Severn Rivers Trust is a member. The project will bring aim to enhance wetland habitat across the Shropshire middle severn area, with a focus on areas that contain protected species or will have added benefit by reducing flooding of nearby areas, thereby reducing flooding.

The project will also install a variety of rain gardens at locations across the Shropshire to reduce downstream flooding and capture any potential pollutants before they enter a watercourse.