Reed removal at Croome

Croome hugh and katherine reed removal

When we first bought the parkland at Croome in 1996 we had to undertake some huge projects.

One of these was the major river dredging project which took place in 2003 – 2005 when we removed over 50,000 cubic metres of silt and sludge and thousands of reeds.

Croome 'river' before desilting 2003
croome river before desilting 2003
Croome 'river' before desilting 2003
Croome desilting the 'river' in 2003
croome desilting the river 2003
Croome desilting the 'river' in 2003

Since then we’ve had to do dredging of silt and reed removal on a smaller scale every few years. The reeds grow quite quickly because the river isn’t very deep and it doesn’t have much of a flow on it – in fact it isn’t a river at all, it’s man-made and technically speaking it’s a reservoir.

Over the past few years we’ve employed contractors to come in during the winter months to remove the silt and reeds, but this summer the Outdoors team decided to give it a go by hand. We’ve always kept the lake side as clear of reeds as possible, but as the river was getting pretty blocked with reeds so this is the area we have worked on over the summer.

Staff removing reeds July 2018
croome reed removal july 2018
Staff removing reeds July 2018

We have cleared a central channel down the river, leaving reeds along the river bank as they are good habitat for a wide variety of insects such as dragonflies and damselflies, as well as providing good hiding places for many different bird species.

Croome 'river' before reed removal July 2018
Croome river before reed removal july 2018
Croome 'river' before reed removal July 2018

We were able to pull the reeds out quite easily as they aren’t deep rooted, and we left them on the river banks to give any creatures a chance to crawl back into the river. We’ll leave the reeds there to dry and decompose.

The 'river' after the reed removal July 2018
croome river after reed removal July 2018
The 'river' after the reed removal July 2018