Flood bank reprofiling Thackthwaite, Matterdale

Flood bank reprofiling, Thackthwaite

This beck had flood banks created in the 1980’s in an attempt to improve agricultural land, but they no longer worked. The banks were in disrepair and were overwhelmed in very heavy rain. The problem here is that the water couldn’t return to the beck when the flood receded due to the banks. We have removed the flood bank to allow temporary water storage and improve the natural drainage of the land. This will allow the beck to spill onto its floodplain in heavy rain, but also allows the ground to drain once the level of the beck drops. Once completed this will be reseeded to become a wildflower meadow.


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