Much of the River Derwent between Derwent Water and Bassenthwaite Lake historically has been straightened and boarded. The boarding has long since disappeared and in certain reaches the river is now rapidly re-adjusting. Where there is excessive erosion, the massive load of silt and associated nutrients is detrimental to aquatic life in both the River Derwent and Bassenthwaite Lake.
With the agreement of both the Environment Agency and Natural England it was agreed that we could stabilise a section of the rapidly eroding banking. Interlocking stone was set along the toe of the banking and the banking was then re-profiled (battered back), top soiled and seeded. Although this work was only completed in the late summer (2015), it has stood up to the significant floods we have already had this autumn.