Essex Rivers Hub

Sediment trap installed in Chatham Green, near Chelmsford

Strutt and Parker Farm installed a sedimant trap at their demonstration farm in Chatham Green.

The trap will intercept runoff from the surrounding arable fields before it reaches the river Ter.

Pollution from rural areas has been identified as a significant problem within the catchment. Some rural land management practices result in soil erosion which deposits sediment, phosphorous and pesticides into rivers.

This project aims is to demonstrate best practice, to encourage other land managers to use rural SuDS and improve their management techniques. They also hope to highlight that these managment techniques can be relatively modest in cost, the trap cost around £690 to install, but have a significant beneficial affect by reducing agricultural diffuse pollution.

RBD/catchment/river/tributary

River Ter

WFD water body status

Poor

WFD overall status objective

To achieve Good Ecological Status by 2027

Project type

Water Quality improvement

Benefiting species and/or habitats

Reducing the levels of sediment entering the River Ter will improve the water quality and benefit fish, invertebrates and aquatic plants.

Project lead

Strutt & Parker Farms

Contact for more information

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Project partners

Environment Agency, Chatham Green Project and Chelmer & Blackwater Partnership

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