Hard work to restore ribers under way in West Norfolk

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Following the completion of the Nine Chalk Rivers Programme, that saw Norfolk’s iconic chalk streams restored, the Water Management Alliance and Norfolk Rivers Trust have teamed up again.

The King’s Lynn Internal Drainage Board took over the management of the rivers Babingley, Ingol and Heacham at the end of last year, and this is where the main works will focus over the coming months.

Working together the partnership will produce plans of restoration and maintenance to make the most of these unusual and rare habitats and adapt their ways of working to ensure the best outcome for drainage and nature.

To date, the partnership, working together with West Norfolk Council, have restored an unsightly area behind the football club, adjacent to The Walks in Lynn.

What was an overgrown ditch, which was used as a dumping ground, has been landscaped and planted to create a meandering marshy habitat perfect for dragonflies and other wildlife. Planting was completed with the help of volunteers and the College of West Anglia. Further works on the Gaywood are being planned, as well as works to the Babingley Ingol and Heacham.