5. Bringing light to the river

Themes: Water Quality, Habitats and Wildlife; People


  • That whatever the flow level, the river and its associated habitats, including banks and floodplains, are managed to support chalk stream species

Project description

This project aims to increase the levels of light reaching the river, and increase the visibility of the river for the public

The river along this section (the Lammas) is very over-shaded by mature trees and shrubs, especially on the east bank.  The right hand bank is mainly residential properties and gardens, so any work on the east bank would have to maintain their privacy and be conducted in a sensitive way.

The ecology of the river would be improved if more light could reach it, encouraging the growth of in-channel and riparian vegetation. If some of the overhanging and over-shading vegetation was cut back or removed, the public would also have a better view of the river from the adjacent public footpath.

The Project has been outline planned, is supported by Watton Parish Council, and has had a public meeting. Detailed planning will now be carried out,


Grid reference: TL29991956
Project lead: River Beane Restoration Association
Project partners: Environment Agency; Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust; Herts County Council
Funding source: Environment Agency
Project start: 2013
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Bringing light to the river at Whitwell

Design by LTD Design Consultants and build by Garganey Consulting.