7. Re-naturalising the River Rib at Buntingford
Buntingford Town Council are looking to enhance two kilometres of river for wildlife and people in the heart of the town.
The River Rib has been damaged through historic activities such as dredging and flood defence, as well as suffering chronic low flows and flash flooding.
Through the town, the river is set within an artificial concrete channel and a number of fords, culverts and weirs interrupt its natural course. The condition of its habitats is poor; there is a large build-up of silt smothering the river bed, it lacks in-stream vegetation as refuge areas for wildlife and the flow is stagnant and pooled in places.
Together with the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust and Friends of the Rib & Quin, a restoration plan has been developed with the aim of bringing together shared objectives for improving the river.
The next stage in the project will be to develop these objectives into a detailed design, resulting in a construction-ready plan that can be used to deliver the restoration work needed.
A copy of the outline restoration plan can be found by clicking here.
Progress to date
We are seeking support to progress this project through the detailed design phase, from 2020 onwards.
Once the design work has been completed, we will then be looking for further support to deliver the restoration work.
Please contact Sarah Perry, Living Rivers Officer, on the details below if you would like to discuss opportunities to support this project.