Restoring a natural river
The River Ouse has been dramatically altered over the last two centuries because of changes in land use and transport. The Ouse Navigation Act of 1790 involved the straightening and deepening of the river channel and the introduction of a series of locks.
Sheffield Park and Garden, together with the Environment Agency, wanted to address these alterations and restore the natural function of the river. We’ve recorded and conserved the remains of an 18th-century lock with the help of a local volunteer group, helping to share knowledge on how canals were constructed and on how best to look after these historic features.
‘The natural heritage of the river is going to be greatly improved and we hope that local communities and visitors will enjoy exploring and learning about this beautiful piece of Sussex countryside. By engaging people’s love of the outdoors, we will play our part in securing better outcomes for the countryside – making it again healthy, beautiful and rich in wildlife.
- Emily Long, National Trust Project Manager