7. River bank restoration
Theme: Ecology and management
- Increase the amount and quality of in-channel, bankside and floodplain habitat
This project will strengthen the river banks which have been badly scoured out by the recent winter floods.
The banks will be reinforced by willow faggots backfilled with soil, and the planting of willows along the bank which will be kept pollarded to avoid over shading.
In summer 2015, a number of fallen trees that were causing obstructions and consequent silting in the river were removed. We will monitor the effect of this work for 12 months but at the time of writing (March 2016) the benefits in terms of more exposed gravel bed and more in-river vegetation (eg water crowfoot) are already apparent.