Straightened Derwent Project

Straightened DerwentA long stretch of the River Derwent between Sherburn and Brompton in the Vale of Pickering (site of the ancient lake Pickering) was ‘straightened’ throughout the 1800’s in order to help remove ‘flood’ water rapidly away from valuable farming land. A successful project for the time, it has left a number of miles of straighted river featureless in terms of river habitat and fish variety, and failing WFD. A project, led by John Shannon, aims to restore the river to an acceptable level of biodiversity without compromising the drainage priority of the waterway in this area. Initially a 1.6 Km section will be developed when grant money is made available. In the meantime John has drawn up an impressive list of contacts and consultants that are well respected in their fields of river restoration.