This project seeks to deliver directly on the river channel to reinstate the natural river processes with a variety of schemes, including bank reprofiling, creation of backwaters, removal of barriers, reconnecting oxbow lakes and slowing the flow to capture sediment.
Within the wider floodplain the project will aim to reconnect the existing wetland and reinstate a suite of habitats typically found within a thriving floodplain. This will be achieved through creating new species-rich floodplain meadow habitat, and targeted planting of woodland and riparian trees.
Initiatives associated with Sustainable Drainage will be introduced, including ponds, reedbeds and swales, all aimed at protecting and buffering the watercourse along its length. This work will be undertaken in partnership with local landowners, quarry companies and local authorities. The aim is 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.