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In Partnership with the Environment Agency and Dacorum Borough Council we have completed the restoration project to improve the River Gade at the Upper Gadebridge Park between Link Road and Gadebridge Lane.
The project began in March 2018 and is complete for the public to enjoy.
The River Gade is a chalk stream tributary of the River Colne in Hertfordshire, flowing through the town of Hemel Hempstead where it is joined by another tributary known as the River Bulbourne. Chalk streams are globally rare habitats and there are around 240 chalk streams in England with 10% located in Affinity Water’s supply area.
The Environment Agency is currently running a public consultation, which will help produce their final plans for the next phase of the restoration scheme on Gadebridge Park downstream of Gadebridge Lane.
To read more about the plans and to take part in the consultation visit www.tinyurl.com/Gadebridge-Park
Enquiries about the project can be emailed to GadebridgePark@environment-agency.gov.uk or firstname.lastname@example.org
The changes made will help to increase habitat diversity for fish, macroinvertebrates and macrophytes, improve channel morphology and improve fish passage. Here is more detail of what has been improved.
Watch our time-lapse video to see the progress:
The discharge from two outfalls into the river and poor water quality in the River Gade.
The new re-meandering of the river channel and the new footpath.
Two outfalls discharge into the wetland that aims to improve water quality and a gravel beach for dogs entering the river, preventing soil erosion on banks.
Duck family swimming in the newly-meandered river