Working together in partnership as part of the River Rother Restoration project, Sheffield & Rotherham Wildlife Trust (SRWT) and the Environment Agency (EA) are aiming to improve a 1km stretch of the River Rother located adjacent to the Waverley housing development and the nearby areas of Treeton and Catcliffe.
The Rother has been significantly altered in the past to accommodate agriculture, industries such as open cast coal mining and to protect people and property from flooding. This Project aims to soften the impact of these past activities in order to establish a healthy river with thriving wildlife that is an attractive place for people to enjoy, whilst importantly ensuring that flood risk is not increased. For further information on our vision please click here.
The partnership has commissioned cbec eco-engineering (a specialist river restoration consultancy) to carry out a feasibility study to design a more natural channel for this 1km stretch of the River Rother. This study has been ongoing for the last eight months and we are happy to be able to present the initial designs here as part of this online consultation.
The initial design includes the installation of a series of in-channel features called benches (also known as berms). These would be made from re-profiled riverbank spoil and woody material, and would provide various benefits to wildlife. Re-profiling the riverbank will help reconnect the river with small areas of floodplain, and make the river more visible and accessible to the local community. Please note that the current fishing peg infrastructure will be avoided where possible and that the existing path next to the river may need to be moved in some areas as part of the works, but this would be reinstated so that people can continue to enjoy a walk along the river, with new improved views.
In addition, the proposed design also recommends some alterations to the weir to make it easier for fish to pass this structure and move freely up and down the river. Click here to read further information regarding the proposed design.
To help you visualise how these design proposals may look we have created three drawings that show how the new features would look once installed (click on images to see them at full scale).
Your thoughts and comments on the restoration designs are welcomed. Your feedback and input from this online consultation will help inform the final designs when they are finalised later in the year. If funding can be secured it is hoped that the finalised designs can be implemented in the Autumn/Winter 2020/21.
The online consultation event will be open for a three-week period
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You can download all the visualizations as PDF posters here:
- 1 Our Vision
- 2 Designing the Restored Channel
- 3 Bench (berm) Visual
- 4 Bank re-profle Visual
- 5 Weir Visual