Case study:Rewilding Enfield's Urban Rivers
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- 1 Project overview
- 2 Image gallery
- 3 Catchment and subcatchment
- 4 Site
- 5 Project background
- 6 Reasons for river restoration
- 7 Measures
- 8 Monitoring
- 9 Additional documents and videos
- 10 Additional links and references
- 11 Supplementary Information
|Project web site|
|Themes||Flood risk management, Habitat and biodiversity, Hydromorphology, Monitoring, Social benefits, Water quality, Urban|
|Main contact forename||Aimee|
|Main contact surname||Felus|
|Main contact user ID||User:AimeeThames21|
|Contact organisation||Thames 21|
|Contact organisation web site||http://www.thames21.org.uk|
|Partner organisations||London Borough of Enfield, Environment Agency (in an advisory role), Thames Water, Friends of: Boxers Lake, Town Par, Firs Farm, Pymmes Park, Grovelands Park|
| This is a parent project
encompassing the following
|Alma Road Rain Gardens, Bury Lodge Wetlands, Enfield Town Park Wetlands, Firs Farm Wetlands, Glenbrook Wetlands, Grovelands Park Wetlands, Houndsden Road Rain Gardens, Pymmes Park Wetlands|
An innovative partnership project to 'rewild' Enfield's urban rivers and renaturalise the water system. The project encompasses 8 sites across the Salmons Brook and Pymmes Brook catchments, themselves part of the Lea catchment. Rivers here suffered from urban pollution, typically from road run off and misconnections. they are often heavily modified or culverted. The project aims to improve water quality, provide flood risk management, improve public spaces, increase good quality habitat and therefore promote biodiversity. Furthermore we aim to increase knowledge of the urban water cycle and how we influence it, and how we can protect our rivers.
The project is led by the London Borough of Enfield and Thames21, with assistance from Thames Water and advisory input from the Environment Agency. Funders include Defra, Thames Water, the Environment Agency and Greater London Authority.
Works to the watercourses and their catchments include the creation of wetlands, reedbeds, rain gardens and rain planters, as well as deculverting a stream through a popular park. In addition public engagement and education is key, and interpretation and access enhancements are being carried out on each site. Consulation was carried out before works, and additional project partners include many volunteers and advocates from the local community, as well as Friends groups in parks.
Monitoring surveys and results
Monitoring has included water quality testing, macroinvertebrate sampling, fixed point photography, questionnaires and ecological surveys. See individual entries for more details.
See individual project entries.
Catchment and subcatchment
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Other case studies in this subcatchment: Alma Road Rain Gardens, Bury Lodge Wetlands, Enfield Town Park Wetlands, Glenbrook Wetlands, Grovelands Park Wetlands, Houndsden Road Rain Gardens, Laymer Road Silt Trap and Recreational Ground, Rewilding Enfield's Urban Rivers, Salmons Brook Flood Alleviation Scheme, Montagu Recreation Ground site, Salmons Brook River Restoration at Laymer Road... further results
Cost for project phases
Reasons for river restoration
Hydromorphological quality elements
Biological quality elements
Physico-chemical quality elements
Additional documents and videos