Welham to Slawston Improvement works
The section of the Welland between Welham and Slawston was significantly degraded with very poor ecology. This project involved the installation of woody debris flow deflectors; channel pinching using woody debris and “folding back” existing vegetation to create new berms. There was weed cutting and dredging to improve choked flows, bank toe protection using rock (rip‐rap), new cattle drinkers, a new ford along with riverside fencing and the removal of selected trees to reduce scour and erosion to the bank sides.
The works also involved bed reduction to improve existing and/or create new pools and gravels were introduced to augment existing and create new riffles. Trees were also planted in appropriate places to create shaded areas of water.