Essex Rivers Hub

This stretch of river flows through a predominantly arable landscape, but a small patch of wet woodland still remains in this area. This project seeks to extend this woodland to provide additional habitat for wildlife and to act as a buffer between the watercourse and the adjoining arable land. 

One of the main issues affecting water quality in Essex rivers is diffuse pollution from arable fields, particularly the impacts of phosphorous from fertilizer. This project would seek to address this issue by buffering the watercourse from the arable land surrounding it and therefore reducing the loss of phosphorous from the arable land into the river.

The outcome of this project will be 0.5 hectares of wet woodland creation.

For further information on this project, or if you would like to get involved please contact Essex Wildlife Trust.



River Chelmer

WFD water body status


Project type

Habitat creation

Project lead

Essex Wildlife Trust/Essex Biodiversity Project

Contact for more information

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Project partners

Environment Agency

Funding source

Catchment Restoration Fund

Website key stakeholders:

Environment Agency logo      Essex Wildlife Trust logo           

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