River Ouse Restoration Project at Sheffield Park

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.

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25 Aug 17

Bank work begins

Thanks to grants from the Environment Agency, Viridor, Ouse and Adur Rivers Trust, South-East Water and Sussex Lund, Sheffield Park and Garden is now undergoing the first phase of our River Ouse restoration project. Straightening and deepening of the river in the past has reduced the variety of habitats both in and around the river. In this first stage of restoration, Ebsford Environmental Ltd will be creating berms (shallow edges) using soil excavated from the floodplain areas, held in place with wooden stakes and faggots. In addition, seven areas of the channel will be narrowed by 50% restricting the flow of water creating hydraulic control during flooding. These will be formed using several overlapping trees, again reused from clearance works. Gravels will also be introduced to the river bed at these points to encourage fish breeding.

A digger reshapes the banks of the River Ouse, Sheffield Park

21 Jul 17

Heritage Lottery Funding received for River Ouse project

Sheffield Park and Garden wins National Lottery support for river restoration project Follow the link to read more about how this funding will help our plan to improve access and understanding of this important part of the Sheffield Park estate.

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