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Cumbrian rivers project scoops prestigious European River prize

03 March 2023

The Cumbria River Restoration partnerships programme (involving the Environment Agency, Natural England, West Cumbria Rivers Trust, Eden Rivers Trust, South Cumbria Rivers Trust, the RSPB, United Utilities, the National Trust, Ullswater Catchment Management CIC, Salford University, Dynamic Rivers and Ebsford Environmental) has carried out more than 100 separate projects including reintroducing meanders, removing weirs and planting trees.


Almost 100km of river length and 150 hectares of floodplain has been restored across the catchments of the Rivers Eden, Derwent and Kent. The aim is to put rivers back to their natural form and ecological function, which helps to reduce flood risk, improve drinking water quality and boosts biodiversity, as well as removing plastic from the system. Watch this video to learn more


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Olly Southgate, Cumbria River Restoration Programme Manager at the Environment Agency, said:

“It’s fantastic to see the work of the Cumbria River Restoration programme being recognised on an international scale. River restoration work can provide a wide range of benefits, creating better natural habitats for wildlife and reducing flood risk through innovative nature-based solutions.

“In an ever-changing climate it’s work like this that will help to improve our environment for generations to come.

“We would like to thank all partners, stakeholders, local communities and private landowners involved in bringing this programme to fruition.”


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