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Riverbank erosion control tested

With Storm Abigail (the first storm to be officially named by the UK Met Office) hitting the UK earlier than forecast it’s quickly made its way up to Northumberland today. We experienced some torrential rain overnight, accompanied by gale-force winds. Unsurprisingly, this has swollen the River Breamish. Now, for the first time since it was constructed at the end of September this year, the riverbank erosion control measures near Brandon farm have been tested.

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Riverbank erosion control update

Since publishing information about Riverbank erosion control near Brandon last month (Sep 2015), there have been a few developments.

You may recall that a type of ‘bund’ wall had been constructed approximately 5m from the bank:

Riverbank erosion control

Riverbank erosion control at Brandon

Back in late 2012 the Breamish Valley saw heavy flooding. So heavy that parts of the bank of the River Breamish suffered mass failure. This was particularly evident at Brandon, just on the bend of the river opposite Brandon Farm.

Rosebay Willowherb

Luminous flowers in the Breamish Valley

Now that Autumn has begun, this widespread wildflower is dispersing the last of its seed. It’s actually one of my favourite wildflowers – partly because it’s so easy to identify but also because of its bold, almost luminous, colours that seem to light up shady areas. It can be seen all the way along the Breamish Valley.

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