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2014: A year of mending urban rivers

Hackbridge weir removal - Wandle Trust

The latest episodes of my Urbantrout Diaries were published on just before Christmas – this time an end-of-year mini-series in which I’ve reviewed all the great urban river restoration projects that took place across the UK in 2014:

In the UK’s river-mending community, this summer feels like the one when it’s all finally kicked into high gear.

Years of planning and detailed funding applications to the Heritage Lottery Fund or European adaptive land use projects (and in other cases high-speed scrambles for Defra’s Catchment Restoration Fund and Catchment Partnership Fund) have metamorphosed into full-on river reconstruction programmes as widely dispersed as Norfolk’s ‘9 Chalk Rivers’ and the Eden’s Leith and Lyvennet tributaries.

And, as you’d surely hope, many urban rivers have been getting in on this action too…

Part 1 on the Wandle is here, part 2 on the Medlock, Calder and Brun projects is here, and here’s part 3, covering much less expensive (but no less effective) community-led work on the Cale, Slea, Holme and Don.

Please do click through and check ‘em out when you get a chance!

(Photo: Wandle Trust / South East Rivers Trust)