River Chelmer

The river corridor on this part of the Chelmer shows evidence of old meanders that are currently cut off from the main river channel, although they still retain some water. This project aims to reinstate these meanders and restore the river to its original path, whilst enhancing the wet woodland habitat nearby.

The main outcome of this project will be to reinstate 100m of back channel that is currently disconnected from the main river. The existing wet woodland adjacent to the channel is drying out, so this area will also be improved.


River Chelmer

WFD water body status


Project type

River corridor restoration

Project lead

Essex Wildlife Trust

Contact for more information

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Project partners

Environment Agency

Funding source

Catchment Restoration Fund

Project start


Project end


Website key stakeholders:

Environment Agency logo      Essex Wildlife Trust logo           ESWT Logo 70

Design by LTD Design Consultants and build by Garganey Consulting based on an original concept by Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust