During severe weather conditions at the end of March 2016, the waterfall at the end of the Broadwater was under so much pressure that it breached its banks on the northern side, removing the Broadwater’s ability to retain water. Woodhall Estate and Affinity Water have taken this opportunity to undertake a transformative restoration project to remove the sediment within the Broadwater, repair the historic weir, and to create 1.4 kilometres of rare chalk stream environment. This involves diverting the river around the two weirs in the park.

This will have significant environmental benefits by improving the water quality in the Broadwater and allowing fish passage to a significant stretch of the River Beane, linking it to other river improvement projects in both directions.  Detailed surveys have been undertaken to ensure that the new channel and Broadwater have the capacity to cope with future water volumes, whilst providing as much environmental benefit as possible.

This is an exciting project which has relied on a great deal of planning and co-operation by a range of organisations to ensure that it works for the greatest amenity benefit within the park and create as much positive conservation value as possible. We look forward to seeing this environment flourish once all works are finished.

Learn more about the project and its state of play on our River Beane page.