Rivers Blackwater and Pant

Plough hill farm is a small land holding in the upper reaches of the River Pant. The landholding is grassland and is one of the few places that is not arable. This made it ideal to explore for any potential river restoration projects. 

The idea of this project was to reconnect an old meander channel which had at some point been straightened and disconnected from the river. This would revitalise the old meander and by permanently inundating the channel with water, this will help to develop flora in the back channel and act as a fish refuge. 

Increased water in the backchannel will prevent nettles and other unwanted plants from developing and will allow other, water associated plants to develop including water mint, marsh marigold amongst others. 

There was some tree work to open up the channel to enable more sunlight and as a final touch we also installed three pieces of woody debris to diversify the flow in the channel. 

Backchannel at Plough Hill Farm.




Rivers Blackwater and Pant

WFD water body status


Project lead

Essex Wildlife Trust

Contact for more information

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Project partners

Environment Agency

Funding source

Catchment Restoration Fund

Project start


Website key stakeholders:

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