Essex Rivers Hub

Felsted Mill and Felsted Fen wetland enhancement

This fen is under threat of drying out, and there is significant encroachment of scrub over the floodplain. This project aims to address these problems by clearing the scrub and rewetting the site.

 

 As part of this project the scrub that is currently taking over the site will be removed, and the network of ditches on site will be restored, increasing the amount of water that is held in the area following heavy rainfall. This will reduce flood risk and sedimentation of the water course and improve water quality, as well as buffering the effects of extreme weather events. The restored fenland will also create new habitat for wildlife along this stretch of river.

Project outcomes:

  • 2 hectares of fen restored
  • 500m of ditches restored

 

RBD/catchment/river/tributary

River Chelmer

WFD water body status

Moderate

Project type

Wetland enhancement

Benefiting species and/or habitats

Fen and wetland habitat

Project lead

Essex Wildlife Trust / Essex Biodiversity Project

Contact for more information

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Project partners

Environment Agency

Funding source

Catchment Restoration Fund

Project start

2013

Project end

2015

Website key stakeholders:

Environment Agency logo      Essex Wildlife Trust logo            Essex Biodiversity Project logo

Design by LTD Design Consultants and build by Garganey Consulting based on an original concept by Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust