High Wycombe Town Centre, River Wye

The local community came out in force to help with this urban river restoration project. Watch this fantastic film from project partners Chiltern Rangers to find out more.

Urban Chalk Stream Restoration

This project tackled an urban section of the River Wye in central High Wycombe. At this point the river emerges from a 800m long culvert into a straightened and concrete lined channel. Despite the challenges this project proved a great opportunity to engage the local community with their chalk stream.

We worked closely with partners Chiltern Rangers, Wycombe District Council and Revive the Wye. There was a huge volunteer effort with volunteers from Wycombe Youth Action and the local Fire Service, amongst others, getting involved.

Flow deflectors were installed and berms were created and planted up with native species. Chiltern Rangers, experts in community volunteering, ensured there was a role for everyone from litter picking to river restoration and film making to community art.

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In numbers

  • £20, 000 investment in restoring an urban chalk stream
  • 250 local volunteers engaged
  • 90m Chalk stream enhanced
  • Completed 2016