6. Improving the river at King Edward Place
Theme: Ecology and management
- Increase the amount and quality of in-channel, bankside and floodplain habitat
This project aims to improve the ecology of the river as it passes through this residential area of Wheathampstead.
Here, heavy tree cover is shading the river. There are also problems of bank erosion and siltation. By removing some of the heavy tree cover along this stretch, plants will be encouraged to grow in the channel and along the banks, providing some protection from erosion and improving the ecology. In-channel plants will also help to reduce siltation of the gravels, by creating areas of scour and faster flow. Considerations will be made into the potential narrowing of the channel using soft engineering methods to speed up flow and improve bed scour.