Essex Rivers Hub

The paths are currently sloped towards the channel meaning that any water from the path drains directly into the brook. This could be impacting on the water quality of the brook as any mud, litter and other contaminants will be entering the channel, especially during heavy or prolonged periods of rain. 

This could be counteracted in two ways. One way would be to alter the path so that a barrier is placed along the path edge or the path is tilted away from the channel. The second method is to use bankside vegetation to act as a filter, allowing the runoff to filter through the vegetation before entering the channel. This would require a change in the management of the bankside vegetation and possibly increasing the amount and changing the type of vegetation present.


River Roach Catchment

WFD water body status


WFD overall status objective

To achieve Good Ecological status by 2027

Project type

Improving water quality

Benefiting species and/or habitats

Reducing run-off would help improve the water quality and if management of bank side habitat was change then this could create better habitats improving biodiversity.

Total area surveyed

Whole of the Prittle Brook

Contact for more information

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Funding source

None at present

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