The latest phase of the Bulbourne restoration project was completed early in 2017. The purpose of the project is to restore a 1000 metre stretch of the river between Fishery Road and Two Waters Road. The river in this location contributes significantly to the character of the area, and is well-visited and appreciated by the community. However, it has been heavily modified in the past. It was over-wide and lacking in features characteristic of a chalk stream. Under the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act 2006, the Bulbourne is listed as a priority habitat for restoration.
The work comprises:
- Re-grading the banks to narrow the channel, create more sinuosity and create a shallower bank profile;
- Installation of woody habitat features to help improve habitat and flow diversity;
- Stabilisation and narrowing of river crossing points;
- Reconnecting the floodplain and creation of floodplain scrapes (aka seasonal ponds);
- Bed raising where the channel has been over-deepened;
- Installation of fencing.