11. Scotsbridge Mill habitat enhancement

Aims: Involve people with their local waterbodies; Improve wildlife corridors; Manage flow; Work together

Water body: River Chess
Project description

Project to enhance habitat along a heavily degraded section of the river near Rickmansworth.

 The Project aims to restore more natural chalkstream form and function to an extensively modified section of the R. Chess. The river has been modified to create the mill pool for Scotsbridge Mill and has also received extensive dredging in the past.  This activity has degraded river habitat.  Led by the River Chess Association, a partnership has been developed to restore the river and address the persistent flooding issues that are occuring as a result of bank erosion along the embanked mill pool.  The Project is being tackled in a phases, the first phase of which was completed in October 2012 with the help of a Wild Trout Trust habitat enhancement Masterclass. To find out more about this highly successful event visit the River Chess Association website.

Project lead: River Chess Association
Project partners: Chilterns Chalk Streams Project, Three Rivers District Council, Wild Trout Trust,
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Project start: October 2012

Design by LTD Design Consultants and build by Garganey Consulting. From an original concept by the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust.