Severn Trent and Dee Valley Water Community Champions led by the Severn Rivers Trust have completed river bank ‘revetment’ protection work on the river Dulas near Llanidloes.
Heavy grazing of river banks causes erosion to speed up where no roots hold the bank together. Sediments in the water make it difficult for fish to breed and damage wildlife. Reducing the amount of sediment running into rivers is important work for the Severn Rivers Trust.
River revetment is made using bundles of branches ‘brash bundles’ which are attached to the river bank using untreated chestnut stakes and fencing wire. This protects the riverbank from eroding away and creates a place for small fish and river wildlife to hide from predators.
Community Champions are members of staff from Severn Trent and Dee Valley Water who are able to take part in volunteering activities for two working days each year. This year, they have taken on the challenge to protect river banks on the Severn with the Severn Rivers Trust.
Severn Rivers Trust offer advice to landowners who might like to build river revetment to protect their land. Funding is available from Severn Rivers Trust in some areas in Powys for River Friendly Farms.
This activity is part of the River Friendly Severn Project supported by a Welsh Government Arwain Leader grant, Severn Trent, The Greggs Foundation and the Postcode Lottery. This project is an Environment Agency initiative being piloted in Powys by the Severn Rivers Trust to bring together communities to help keep our river water clean.