South East Rivers Trust celebrates new Downstream Defender and hopes to protect local brook from diffuse urban pollution
The South East Rivers Trust celebrate delivery of their new Downstream Defender, which will protect the Beverley Brook from diffuse urban pollution. A 3m diameter Downstream Defender was delivered to Richmond Park on August 1st 2017, launching the first of three projects to be funded by The Coca-Cola Foundation, as part of their 'replenish programme'. The Defender will protect the Beverley Brook in Richmond Park from pollution running off the surrounding urban catchment. The South East Rivers Trust are one of three catchment based approach (CaBA) partners to be working alongside Coca-Cola, WWF-UK and The Rivers Trust between now and September 2018, to help replenish water in the Thames and South East River Basins, for the benefit of both people and wildlife. The Downstream Defender, supplied by Hydro-International, will be installed underground onto a large surface water drain within the Park. It will intercept runoff from the surrounding very urban South London area. The measure will remove road derived sediment and the associated contaminants, therefore improving the health of the river and enhancing the local community’s engagement with it. The Royal Parks who are project partners are excited about the benefits the work will bring to the ecology in Richmond Park. Other projects and partners involved in the Replenish programme includes Thames21 who will be creating a 0.3hectare constructed wetland in Broomfield Park, North London and Kent Wildlife Trust who will restore Kent’s last remaining ancient semi-natural fenland, Ham Fen. Read more about the Replenish project here.