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Weston River Restoration

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2020-2021

Introducing variety to a homogenous river

The Weston River Restoration project restores the magnificent Trent near Weston in Staffordshire, to its former glory. Reversing some of the historical drainage works across the landscape, and re-connecting the river back to its floodplain. Previously it looked rather canal-like, weaving its way across through the countryside. Now it has riffles, islands, ponds, and shallows; the variety creates nooks and crevices for wildlife, stores sediment and breaks down pollution. Our work near Weston restored fast-declining habitats such as wetlands and created conditions in which fish, birds and mammals can thrive.