Photo by Environment Agency
One of the ways rivers can be made more diverse is through the addition of woody material from trees, creating in-channel variation and encouraging natural processes.
The Environment Agency is delighted to be involved in a partnership project supporting South and North Kesteven District Councils in their ambitious plans to improve the river corridors through Sleaford and Grantham.
We work to help create better places for people and wildlife, and to support sustainable development in line with the objectives of the Government’s 25 year environment plan.
Working with natural processes in the right locations plays an important role in this, helping to make our rivers and catchments more diverse and resilient for the many future challenges that we face. This project provides the perfect opportunity to do that.
This project also fits nicely into wider Witham catchment improvement works, delivered through the DEFRA funded Witham Catchment Partnership, and which stretch from the top of the catchment at Easton right down to the Lower Witham at Chapel Hill on the Witham.
Furthermore, the work on the Slea compliments other projects on Lincolnshire’s limestone fed tributaries in central Lincolnshire such as Dunston and Branston Beck. The strength of partnership working has enabled this and all those other schemes to flourish.
Project works, creating a meandering channel, at the top of the Witham catchment at Easton Walled Gardens.
Matt Parr, Geomorphology Technical Specialist, Environment Agency
Matt Latham, Environment Programme Manager, Environment Agency