We are indebted to Jim Jones of Surrey Wildlife Trust and the Lower Mole Catchment Partnership for arranging three days of river work on the Rye Brook. Assisted by our own vounteers, people from Surrey Wildlife trust and the Lower Mole Countryside Management Project we constructed four scallopped berms in the banks of the Rye Brook, plus several wooded berms and deflectors. This will help to re-establish meanders in the stream which was articificially straightened many years ago leading to vertical banks that cause the water to flow fast downstream leading to flooding in Leatherhead.
The scallopped berms were replanted with riparian plants taken from elsewhere, and the wooded berms were filled with waste wood and brush to attract the silt. These will gradually fill with silt wshed downstream and riparian plants will naturally establish themselves in these areas. Go to the Photo Album to see a photographic record of the three days work.