New banks from old riverbanks
Since the root wads were delivered and ready to be installed at Site 1 and the logs were sorted at Site 2, work on the Breamish Riverbank Stabilisation and Reinstatement project has continued on track – and now all the heavy work is completed.
The old, eroding riverbanks have been stabilised using so-called soft engineering techniques to reclaim some of the lost land and to protect them from further erosion that was threatening to damage the road.
In recent days the backfilling of the log matrix at Site 2 has been completed.
This means that the approximately 130 m log matrix is now hidden from view and the newly-shaped ‘flood plane’ from where the gravel material was extracted from the riverbed is clearly obvious.
Similarly, Site 1 has been completed by covering the reclaimed riverbank with a heavy duty geotextile mat and planting native species.
Tree stock is planted three rows deep along the edge of the new bank and pinned securely to allow renaturing.
The extent of just how much of the riverbank has been reclaimed can be seen in the image below.
All in all, this is an excellent project that has been planned, implemented and delivered on time. Well done to everyone involved! I’m sure this will benefit the local community and visitors to the Breamish Valley for years to come.