The River Irt in the Black Wood area was straightened during the mid 1960’s. This has reduced the quality and quantity of the habitat and caused water to speed through the reach exacerbating flooding and erosion downstream. Thankfully when the river was straightened most of the old course of the river was not filled in, leaving the potential for restoration.
Phase one was undertaken in 2019 and this has partially connected one of the former channels during high flows. West Cumbria Rivers Trust are working with the National Trust and the Environment Agency to prepare for the next phase of works.
Phase two aims to fully re-connect the River Irt with its former channels. To achieve this three sections of excavations and two boulder rapids will be installed. These interventions have been carefully designed with the help of experienced river restoration experts in partnership with the Environment Agency and National Trust.
Works are currently on hold but we continue to develop the project so that it is ready for delivery.
|Lake District National Park planning investigation report||225.21 KB|
|Project design drawings||7.46 MB|