3. Transforming the Landscape (TL)

TL01 Living Floodplains

Improving biodiversity and reconnecting the river with its wetlands.

Project Summary

Our natural heritage project is delivering physical changes directly upon the river channel and its floodplain to reinstate natural river processes. This is achieved through a variety of schemes, including bank reprofiling, creation of backwaters, removal of barriers, reconnecting oxbow lakes and slowing the flow to capture sediment.

Across the wider floodplain and valley, the project is reconnecting the existing wetlands and reinstating a suite of habitats typically found within a thriving floodplain. Our target habitats include species-rich floodplain meadow habitat, wet woodland and riparian trees. We are creating wetland features including ponds, reedbeds and swales, all aimed at protecting and buffering the watercourse along its length. We are working in partnership with local landowners, quarry companies and local authorities to create a more natural and resilient landscape to deal with the pressures of pollution, flooding and climate change.

The project will aim to leave a legacy of sustainable funding to continue the work started with the Landscape Partnership Scheme via quarry restoration, agri-environment schemes and biodiversity offsetting. Biodiversity offsetting has the potential to fund 10 – 25-year management programmes depending on the conditions of the development. This will support landowners in the long-term management of created projects.

The Catchment Partnerships that covers this area will support ongoing work on river restoration through the River Basin Management Plans and Flood Risk Management Plans.

This project is generously supported by

Burton and District Wildlife Group
Burton Conservation Volunteers
Environment Agency
ERDF Greening the Grey via ESIF
Network Rail
Tarmac (Landfill Communities Fund)
Wildlife Ways

Environment Agency
ERDF Greening the Grey via ESIF - European Union Regional Development Fund
Landfill Communities Fund

Project Lead

Staffordshire Wildlife Trust (Scheme Lead Partner)

Victoria Bunter
Living Floodplains Officer
Transforming the Trent Valley

Hamish Jeffreson
Living Floodplains Officer
Transforming the Trent Valley

Transforming the Trent Valley


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Washlands Test Pit Investigations; January 2021

We will be delivering the biodiversity enhancement program as set out in the Burton Washlands Vision through our Living Floodplains project.

Prior to the delivery of this program, we need to understand the geology of the Washlands before we are able to confirm a final suite of biodiversity projects. One of the steps in this process is to dig a series of test pits. We will be digging approximately 10 test pits across the Washlands in January 2021 as part of our investigations.

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The impacts of flooding in the Trent Valley.

Most of us will be aware that the UK has experienced excessive rainfall over the last six months. The Trent valley is no exception and has seen some of the highest ever recorded rainfall and river levels. October 2019 saw Storm Lorenzo sweep across the country. As the weather seemed to improve at the start of 2020, we saw the arrival of Storms Ciara and Dennis. To make matters worse, continued rainfall after both storms led to increased flooding of low lying land and roads across the catchment. Unsurprisingly, this has had significant impacts to our projects planned for this year.

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Future Projects

Details of future projects to be delivered by Transforming the Trent Valley and its partners as part of the Living Floodplains project will be posted here soon.