Following surveys, we designed enhancement plans for these two channels and worked with volunteers to undertake practical improvements.
Sturry Road, outside of Canterbury, was a dark, litter filled stream, where over zealous bankside management by neighbouring business’s had stripped the channel of wetland plants. We persuaded a Mercedes Garage to let us plant 100 colourful plants outside their premises and worked with volunteers from the Kentish Stour Countryside Partnership to remove 40 bags of litter and cut back overhanging trees.
At South Poulders in Sandwich, volunteers spent many weeks creating artificial berms from hazel faggots and hessian liner. This narrowed the channel, improving the flow. They returned in 2016 to plant yellow flag iris and purple loosestrife into the newly created berms.