River restoration to relieve flooding in Staveley

To help relieve flooding, a river in Staveley, South Cumbria, has recently undergone river restoration work to help reconnect the river with it’s natural flood plain.

South Cumbria Rivers Trust worked in partnership with local farmer John Nichol, the Environment Agency, Natural England, CaBA, Biffa Award and Natural Course, to reconnect 800 metres of river to its natural floodplain.

The trust removed the man-made embankment and river bank protection to help slow the flow of the river and reconnect it to its natural floodplain. They hope that this work will help alleviate flooding in the village and further downstream. This work will also create in-river habitats for spawning fish and the endangered white-clawed crayfish.

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