17. The Meads

Themes: Ecology and management; Public engagement


  • Increase the amount and quality of in-channel, bankside and floodplain habitat
  • Increase public access to the river (visual and physical)

Project description

This project aims to reduce man-made erosion of the south/right bank of the river, better manage public access to the river, improve diversity of flow and reduce siltation of the river bed.

Posts and spiling will be installed at locations where bank erosion is particularly serious.

The existing and over-used public access points will be improved by installing timber toe-protectors, shaping the existing slope access and back-filling with suitable material to reduce bank poaching and improve safe access.

Existing buffer strips will be extended to discourage public access at unsuitable locations

In-river flow deflectors and/or brash build-outs will be installed to create diversity of flow and scouring to reduce silt and expose sandy/gravel bed


Project lead: Patrick McNeill
Project partners: Wheathampstead Parish Council
Funding source: TBC
Project start: 2016
Project end: 2019
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Design by LTD Design Consultants and build by Garganey Consulting.