28. River restoration at Whitehall

Themes: Water Quality, Habitats and Wildlife; People


  • To increase the attractiveness, visibility and public access, to enable people to appreciate the river (commensurate with managing and protecting sensitive habitats and species)
  • To increase the public's appreciation of the unique chalk stream environment and their participation in its conservation

Project description

This section of Beane is suffering from the damaging effects of over-abstraction and lack of suitable management in the past.  This project aims to enhance this degraded section of the river and improve it for wildlife and people. 

 Actions include:

  • The installation of metal kissing-gates or boulders to prevent motorised access to the permissive path alongside the river
  • Improved management of the footpath to facilitate access, particularly in the summer months
  • Installing an interpretation board or boards onsite, to illustrate the stages of the project and the importance of the river as a whole
  • Engagement with local schools to promote river management and water usage
  • Removal of hybrid poplar plantation and the management of this small area as a wetland 
Project lead: Affinity Water
Project partners: Maydencroft Limited, the Environment Agency, the River Beane Restoration Association, Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust
Funding source: Affinity Water
Project start: Spring 2014
Project end: 2015
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This project is part of the Revitalising Chalk Rivers initiative

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Design by LTD Design Consultants and build by Garganey Consulting.