The Lower Knotts site has already been planted with 4 hectares of oak, alder, rowan, hazel, holly, and hawthorn trees on carefully selected areas around Bond Beck. These trees will help to slow the flow of rainwater run off by increasing infiltration rates and the surface roughness of the land draining into Bonds Beck.
Over the last few months further work on the site, in partnership with the landowner, has been carried out to construct four ponds within the woodlands. This has created wetland features that provide valuable habitat for invertebrates, amphibians, and birds in addition to slowing the flow of water and improving the quality of the water than enters the Beck.
Additionally, installing brash bundles and bunds into ditches and flow pathways will help to slow the flow and retain sediment. This will reduce the amount of sediment entering the river which will mitigate the risk of flooding downstream of the site and will further help to improve water quality.
To access the quality and effectiveness of the work extensive long-term monitoring has been carried out which will enable us to analyse the volume and speed of water in Bonds Beck. This is being done using water level loggers which collect data remotely over time, the data is then analysed and the results collated. At the end of the project this data will enable the Trust to see what effect this work has had on the waterbodies around the site.