Here you can see before and after photos of projects on the Luton Lea. For project details, see the Luton Lea Catchment Plan.
Fence at Five Springs
The old, broken metal fence at Five Springs in Luton has been replaced with this attractive wooden fence, with entrances wide enough to allow pushchair and wheelchair access access to Leagrave Park and Waulud's Bank.
New path at Five Springs
The muddy stretch that runs alongside the Source of the River Lea in Leagrave Park was resurfaced as part of a Green Skills project. It's much easier to pass along this way now.
Before and after heavy rainfall: downstream
Before and after heavy rainfall: upstream
These pictures were taken from the footbridge at the end of Riverside Road in Luton. The before photos were taken at 3.40pm on Tuesday 7 June, with a storm on the way. You can see the river is low and crystal clear at this point. At 4.00pm it started to rain heavily and did so for over an hour and a half; the after photos were taken at 5.20pm (when rain was still falling) and illustrate how quickly and dramatically the river's volume increases as a result of rainfall.
Riverside Park allotment site
A group of Luton volunteers have created a community allotment site next the the River Lea. Read more about the project in this news story.