This section of the River Derwent historically had been regularly coppiced. The regenerated trees were now of the age that they threatened to pull the banking, and associated sediment, into the river. The landowner agreed for the trees to be thinned and some of them to be secured to their living stump to provide ‘in river’ large wooded debris. This process helped prevent further bank erosion, provided dappled shade and cover for the indigenous fish. The location of the ‘secured’ trees was agreed with the Keswick Anglers to ensure they did not impact on their fishing. The whole section was then fenced off from stock in order to help promote future marginal vegetation re-generation. This project was completed in the spring 2015. The rapid expansion of reeds along the toe of the banking has been very evident this summer.

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