The FReSH Water Programme aims to improve the resilience of irreplaceable, world-famous Wessex chalk streams to critical drought conditions through the restoration of natural processes and habitats.
Running until 2030, the programme will provide opportunities to work on the Rivers Test, Dever, Dun, Meon or Bourne Rivulet to deliver projects including bank re-profiling to improve river habitat and flow variability; channel re-alignment; fish passage construction; and other habitat enhancements.
This is a fantastic opportunity for us to build on the environmental services we offer, and we are really looking forward to establishing new relationships and working collaboratively with the team at Wessex Rivers Trust.
The team have recently been awarded their first River Restoration project on the programme. The works include pollarding of selective areas and reprofiling the channel to provide greater diversity of flow to promote ecological growth.
Stonbury is looking forward to the opportunity to work with Wessex Rivers Trust through this framework, expanding its environmental teams, and making a positive contribution to the longevity of these vital water sources.