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“ESSENTIAL”: Work continues on project to restore River Colne

 Published on: 6th February 2024   |   By: Panayiota Demosthenous   |   Category: Uncategorized

Work is continuing on the River Colne in Watford as part of Watford Borough Council’s 10-year restoration plan.

In January and early February, work was carried out to remove the debris that had built up, clear the harmful silt, and remove a number of trees that were impacting the balance of light and shade along the river.

The next phase will see Groundwork East create a series of low banks and flow deflectors that will replicate the natural bends of the river. They will also plant the raised banks with flowers.

Councillor Ian Stotesbury, portfolio holder for sustainability and transport, said: “These works are an essential part of us restoring the River Colne back to its natural state, ensuring it is a thriving environment for wildlife, and making sure it’s a wonderful place to visit. We are so grateful to our incredible volunteers for their support.”

Nicolas Gilbert, river restoration programme manager for Affinity Water, said: “Affinity Water are proud to support this work with all partners to find ways to improve the River Colne. This project will help to reinstate key river habitat and improve biodiversity.”

Photo credit: Watford Borough Council

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