High Rogerscale is located to the south of Low Lorton, near Cockermouth. Due to centuries of river modifications and reclamation of land, floodplain features such as oxbow lakes and alluvial woodlands have become increasingly rare features. This project was to restore a fossil oxbow lake and re-plant an area of floodplain deciduous woodland. This was possible due to the generous support from the landowner and the co-operation of her neighbours.
The oxbow provides a unique habitat for aquatic plants and animals and the wood not only varies the ecology on the floodplain, but more significantly, it will help slow down the flood flows.
The project was started and completed during the spring of 2013. Now two years on, the oxbow has been colonised by numerous plants, insects, amphibians and the woodland is becoming increasingly established.