River Ver Restoration Project

We are working to carry out river improvement work along the River Ver.

 

The River Ver is a chalk stream that joins the River Colne near Bricket Wood. Chalk streams are globally rare habitats and there are around 240 of them in England with 10% located with our supply area.

Over the centuries, chalk streams like the River Ver have been changed for many reasons including moving them to work with field boundaries, straightened for mill races or relocated for housing. These changes mean that the rivers are less resilient to changes in climate and drought conditions.

We are working with the support of the Environment Agency and others to Revitalise Chalk Rivers. The aim is to make chalk rivers in our supply area more natural again so that they are less likely to suffer from low flows and have a good variety of habitats for wildlife.

 

Hedges Farm River Restoration Project

We will be carrying out a river restoration project along the River Ver at Hedges Farm (also known as Ver Valley Water Meadows) from September 2019. We anticipate the construction of the project will take approximately 8 weeks. Following the construction work, and due to the time of year, the area may take some time for the vegetation to re-establish.

 

This river restoration project involves:

  • Tree works to allow natural light into the river channel

  • Fencing will be installed along both banks to prevent livestock trampling the banks and to stop sediment going into the river

  • The creation of cattle drinking stations, cattle crossing points and installation of water gates to allow cattle to move between grazing areas whilst protecting the river banks and bed

  • Berms will be installed to create a narrow and meandering river channel which will improve the flow velocity

  • Enhancement of historic backwater as a wildlife area

  • Adding gravels to improve the chalk stream habitat.

 

Layout of new cattle crossing points on the River Ver

 

  Indicative visualisation of cattle crossing points                       Indicative visualisation of cattle drinking points

 

New layout along the River Ver

 

The public footpaths through the site will remain open, but diversions may be in place for the duration of the works for your safety.

For more information please contact melissa.ahmet@affinitywater.co.uk

Please check this page for future updates as our work continues.