9. Channel restoration - Gadebridge Park

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

Water body: River Gade
Project description

There is an opportunity to resotre the R. Gade to its original course through Gadebridge Park and to reconnect piped groundwater flow to the river.

 The Gade at Gadebridge Park flows down an artificial channel created to supply water to the now demolished Bury Mill.  The river is straight and slow flowing and is prone to breaking out of its banks when they become eroded by dogs and people accessing the river.  The original line of the river was along the valley bottom through the Park (the course can still be seen during wet winters, when groundwater rises to the surface where the river used to be).  There is an opportunity to move the river channel back to its original course along the valley bottom.  This ambitious scheme would need a partnership approach and significant funding to realise.  The benefits however would be great and would include a restored chalk stream, removal of a barrier to fish movement, improved amenity for users of the park, reduced flood risk and a reduced management burden for Park staff.

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