Essex Rivers Hub

Priory Park is an area where a more natural structure to the course of the Brook could be established. This will not only improve biodiversity but also allow the park to act as a flood elevation area to reduce flooding locally. 

This could be achieved by reprofiling the banks of the Brook so that the channel is widened but the profile of the banks will be much more gradual. Areas around the Brook could be allow to established as wetland with wetland plants allowed to colonise and bankside habitats suitable for Water Voles and other aquatic animals to establish. A similar project was carried out in Mayes Brook in Dagenham and has been successful in creating a pleasent area for visitors and a biodiverse and natural river environment also.


River Roach Catchment

WFD water body status


WFD overall status objective

To achieve Good Ecological status by 2027

Project type

Habitat Creation, flood alleviation

Benefiting species and/or habitats

Creation of a more natural river structure will allow a flood plain/wetland area to develop, more plant communities to establish, create more diverse habitats for a wide range of species and act as flood alleviation for the surrounding areas.

Total area covered by project

Priory Park

Total area surveyed

Whole of the Prittle Brook

Contact for more information

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Funding source

None at present

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