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.

Latest updates

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

09 Oct 18

The bridge across the River Ouse opens

Today marks another landmark date when the bridge opens, linking Sheffield Park and Garden to the Ouse Valley Way and the village of Newick. By opening up new walks and alternative views for visitors, you can now enjoy the Sheffield Park estate from a new perspective.

Sheffield Park River Ouse bridge

25 Sep 18

Moving day for the bridge!

As you can imagine, it's not easy moving a bridge and several weeks of arrangements and discussions went into planning the move, as well as some serious lifting equipment. Despite the bridge being delivered last November, we had to wait until the weather and ground conditions were favourable to withstand the equipment and it was certainly a momentous day watching it move across the parkland.

Sheffield Park River Ouse bridge moving day