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Bringing life back to a stretch of the River Gaywood in King’s Lynn

Coir rolls installed

Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), a collaborative project to bring back life to a stretch of the River Gaywood, which runs through the Lynnsport site, has been completed.

Short sections of coir rolls, an alternative to hard engineered bank stabilisation, have been installed within the river channel at the base of steep banks. Pre-planted with a mix of native wetland edge plants, these rolls will enable vegetation to establish rapidly, thereby increasing bank stability, alleviating erosion and creating a more diverse river edge for invertebrates and cover for juvenile fish. On steeper banksides, the coir rolls were placed on top of each other to provide a more natural profile. This will reduce the bank gradient and will improve the aesthetic value. Furthermore, the coir rolls narrow the channel to create sections with an improved flow and reduce build-up of sediment within the river. Rebecca Banks, Project Manager at Norfolk Rivers Trust, explained:

“By restoring this stretch of the river to protect the banks and increase habitat availability, quality and flow diversity, it can once again become a thriving home for riverine wildlife, and a valuable amenity for the local community to enjoy.”

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