River Ouse Restoration Project at Sheffield Park

Project
The River Ouse in Sussex in flood at Sheffield Park

Recent funding from external grants and raffle ticket sales onsite have enabled the National Trust to start a project to improve the channel shape and connection to the floodplain, benefiting water quality, wildlife habitats and alleviating flooding downstream.  Plans also include building a bridge over the river, linking the Sheffield Park parkland with the Ouse Valley Way.  

Follow the project through each stage of development as we enhance the natural environment and improve access and information for our visitors.

Latest updates

06 Jul 19

Art in the Park Trail

Our free art trail is now open to guide you across the parkland to the wooden bridges over the River Ouse. Inspired by the landscape around us, the trail has been created by local schools and artists using locally sourced materials.

The Art in the Park Trail at Sheffield Park 2019

02 Apr 19

Birdlife

As part of the project, our gardens team have constructed scrapes (or shallow flooded areas) to attract wading birds. We carefully selected damp and seasonally flooded sites to offer the best habitats, and have already been rewarded with the sighting of a Green Sandpiper. We are also excited to have seen a Skylark and Yellowhammers around the scrapes - both of which are RSPB red list birds of conservation concern. The wetlands are the ideal spot for bird lovers to enjoy a walk by the river- don’t forget to let us know on social media what you have spotted #sheffieldpark! Monitoring the bird populations here at Sheffield Park is really important, both for planning our management work and helping understand the status of bird species across the country. We are currently undertaking professional bird surveys in the area.

Skylark

01 Nov 18

The rope bridge opens to visitors

Visitors can now walk across the rope bridge over Irongates Lock onto the small island in the River Ouse. This is a new area for visitors to explore and to see the river from a different perspective.

Sheffield Park rope bridge on parkland