Thursday, 8 October 2015

Innovative Broads project commended in national awards

Reedbed restoration work in progress at Duck Broad
A project to restore an eroded reedbed utilising barricade building techniques used by the Army in Afghanistan has commended at a prestigious national awards ceremony.

The Broads Authority project at Duck Broad was one of four shortlisted for the Environment category in the Living Waterways Awards which took place at a ceremony in Westminster tonight.

The project has helped separate the broad from the main channel and improve water quality within it. Wildfowl have been seen making their homes there again.

It competed against winners the Inland Waterways Association Himalayan Balsam Campaign and fellow runners up the River Tale Restoration at Ottery St Mary and Wolvercote Lakes in Oxford.

An independent panel of experts, led by Christopher Rodrigues CBE, selected the finalists for the awards which were launched by the Canal & River Trust in January in a bid to recognise the most inspiring and exciting waterway-based improvement projects across the UK.

Tony Hales, chairman of the Canal & River Trust, said: “The Living Waterways Awards celebrate the individuals, communities and organisations that have done the most to make a difference to the nation’s rivers, canals, lochs, lakes, reservoirs and docks, making them exciting places to live, learn and spend time.

“After a series of visits and assessments, which saw the expert judges travel from Sandwich to Enniskillen and from Glasgow to Devon, we are thrilled to announce the shortlist of finalists.”

The project at Duck Broad saw reinforced steel baskets, filled with rocks and sediment, joined together to make the perimeter of a one hectare spit of land. This was filled with 10,000 cubic metres of sediment dredged from Heigham Sound and planted with common reed and reedmace.

It restored the reedbed to how it would have looked in 1946, based on aerial photography.

The dredging of Heigham Sound to create the reedbed has also improved channel depth for navigation.

For more information on the project visit the Broads Authority website.

For more information about the awards visit the Canal & River Trust

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