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River Lugg in Herefordshire: Midlands Today film

Guided video tour of River Lugg

The River Lugg in Herefordshire needs a higher profile and more funding, according to a local campaigner.

Nic Howes, a teacher at John Kyrle High School in Ross-on-Wye, feels the River needs the same kind of lottery funding given to the River Wye.

There have also been concerns that the river could be spoiled by development like the Hereford bypass, which could cross the Lugg meadows.

The Lugg winds for 45 miles through Herefordshire.

It rises in Powys, flows through the border town of Presteigne, and joins the River Wye at Mordiford.

Nic Howes says a bypass could change the character of the river forever: "There are many people who are opposed it, because of the loss of tranquillity it would mean.

"At the moment it provides a wonderful open space on the edge of the city."

He also says that the demand for minerals has left its scars in other areas: "The flood plain of the Lugg is a good source of gravel."

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