We design and deliver restoration schemes which aim to restore the natural function of rivers to bring about positive changes by working with the river’s natural processes.

As a result:

  • The river can provide more and better habitat for wildlife: the riffles, pools and a variety of bankside habitat on which many fish, river flies, birds and plants depend.
  • A more naturally functioning river is more attractive and enjoyable, and can help to control flooding.
  • By working with the river’s natural processes, the river can sustain and build upon the improvements.
  • Examples include creating more naturally shaped banks, removing weirs and bank reinforcements if they are no longer needed, adding large woody material such as branches or even whole trees, re-meandering rivers where they have been straightened or ‘daylighting’ streams which have been culverted.

This work is founded on the expert understanding within the Trent Rivers Trust team of the river and its natural processes of erosion and deposition at high and low flows.