The river improvement project at The Moor has recently been completed.

Watch a time lapse video of the works.  

The project has seen the river bank be reprofield, and is part of the Revitalising Chalk Rivers partnership, in collaboration with the Environment Agency.

The re-profiling will reduce the amount of silt in the river to allow plants to become more established, and the gravel will no longer be smothered by silt to allow fish to spawn - including trout. 

Works were completed between January and March 2020 to construct a bund to divert the river down the new channel that meanders further into the park. The old river channel now provides a wetland habitat and a buffer from road run-off pollution. Berms, riffles and pools have been created in the new river channel to provide a mosaic of different habitats for insects, plants and fish. Finally, the river channel has also been designed to be resilient in times of low-flow and has increased the flood capacity of the wetland areas by 700m3. 

Read more about the project.

Design by LTD Design Consultants and build by Garganey Consulting.