Case study:Hampton Court Palace

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Project overview

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Status Complete
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Themes Flood risk management, Habitat and biodiversity, Monitoring, Water quality, Urban
Country England
Main contact forename Rebecca
Main contact surname Law
Main contact user ID
Contact organisation Thames Landscape Strategy
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Partner organisations Thames Landscape Strategy, Thames 21, Historic Royal Palaces
Parent multi-site project

Home Park Water Meadows

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encompassing the following
Hampton Court from the River Thames. (Philip Carey 2010)

Project summary

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Reedbed creation, profiling of river bank, tree management, installation of eel passes and stocking of fish in adjacent ponds at Hampton Court Palace, Home Park Paddocks. Main reasons for enhancement were habitat creation, landscape and aesthetics. Riverbank enhancement, and potential to demonstrate traditional management methods with modern knowledge and technology to show improvement to flood meadow function and water quality.

The final part of the Home Park project completed using funding from CPAF15/16 was partnership working between Thames Landscape Strategy, Thames21, and Historic Royal Palaces. Three new eel passes were constructed and installed on the Longford River to enable the passage of elvers from the Thames into ponds on site, with urther marginal planting installed on the Long Water Canal.There was the use of Shire Horses, cutting of bankside vegetation and extraction of timber for senestive land mangement practices, and the removal of a number of self-set Norway maple trees from the banks of the Longford River to reduce shading of the river system and to allow marginal vegetation to establish,and restocking crucian carp.

The project involved local communities and volunteers to help with monitoring the success of the project, and promote awareness of the Maidenhead to Teddington Catchment.

Monitoring surveys and results

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Monitoring of nitrates and phosphates and surveying of wildlife on going. To be undertaken by Historic Royal Palace Staff, local conservation groups, volutneers, and local community trained by Thames21.

Lessons learnt

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Project timing is essential to maximize benefit. When to cut vegetation, when to plant, what time is best to carry out re-profiling to limit disturbance,when it is best to work with local communites, schools in particular and those with more fixed schedules, and the fact that projects must be allowed to be flexible enough to alter perimeters should the need arise within these timings.

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Catchment and subcatchment


River basin district Thames
River basin Maidenhead to Sunbury


River name Thames (Egham to Teddington)
Area category 1000 - 10000 km²
Area (km2)
Maximum altitude category Less than 100 m
Maximum altitude (m) 71
71 m
0.071 km
7,100 cm
Dominant geology Calcareous
Ecoregion Great Britain
Dominant land cover Suburban
Waterbody ID GB106039023232

Other case studies in this subcatchment: Broom Road Recreation Ground, Chertsey meads, Hurst Park, Teddington Wharf, The Barge Walk, Hampton Court


Name Home Park
WFD water body codes GB106039023232
WFD (national) typology
WFD water body name Thames (Egham to Teddington)
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Heavily modified water body No
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Protected species present No
Invasive species present No
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Project background

Reach length directly affected (m) 25 m
0.025 km
2,500 cm
Project started 2009/01/01
Works started
Works completed 2016/04/01
Project completed
Total cost category 50 - 100 k€
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Cost for project phases

Phase cost category cost exact (k€) Lead organisation Contact forename Contact surname
Investigation and design Historic Royal Palace, Thames Landscape Strategy
Stakeholder engagement and communication Thames Landscape Strategy, Thames21
Works and works supervision Thames Landscape Strategy
Post-project management and maintenance Historic Royal Palaces
Monitoring Thames21

Reasons for river restoration

Mitigation of a pressure Riparian development
Other reasons for the project Landscape enhancement


Structural measures
Bank/bed modifications Bank reprofiling
Floodplain / River corridor Habitat creation, Reedbed creation
Planform / Channel pattern
Non-structural measures
Management interventions
Social measures (incl. engagement) Aesthetics


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