Sparkling Streams

Photo: Little Bedwyn – ARK River Kennet

Hungerford Town & Manor (T&M) have worked in conjunction with ARK (Action for the River Kennet), North Wessex Downs AONB and the Southern Farmers group covering several miles of the rivers Shalbourne, Dun and Kennet.

Coppicing of local Hazel trees was required to make faggots from stumps and brush wood. The Hazel will grow back to full height within 3-4 years.

The faggots were used within the river restoration project, protecting the banks and creating habitat as they fill up with silt and vegetation. A vast number are used every year within the rivers to mitigate erosion caused by cattle, crayfish and scouring.

A group of about 30 local volunteers helped the T&M Riverkeepers with this over a couple of days in 2021.

Watch the video from North Wessex Downs AONB about the Sparkling Streams project here: (102) Sparkling Streams – YouTube

Filmed in the stunning landscape of the North Wessex Downs and describing this project which aims to provide cleaner rivers, more wildlife and connect people in the Kennet catchment. Funded by the Green Recovery Challenge Fund.

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