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Eden Rivers Trust clear debris from riverside

A group of volunteers have been helping to clear debris from the river banks near Calthwaite.

They're helping the Eden Rivers Trust with a project aimed at clearing fences on the riverside, which are caked in branches and rubbish after the December floods.

Hundreds of kilometres of fencing across Cumbria are in a similar state after unprecedented rainfall caused county-wide flooding.

"The fences allow the river bank to regenerate and if we don't clear the debris from it then during the next big flood the force against the fence will be so great that it will rip it out.

"It's essential for the life of this project to make sure that the work that's already been put in has a lasting benefit to the environment here."

– Paul Greaves, River Action Group, Eden Rivers Trust

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Weir removed from river near Penrith

A weir has been removed from a river near Penrith in an attempt to restore it to a more natural state.

Eden River Trust carried out the work on Morland Beck near Crossrigg, Cliburn in addition to removing a ford from the River Lyvennet near Cliburn Mill.

Removing the man-made barriers from the rivers will have multiple benefits as fish like salmon and trout will now be able to move more freely in these rivers and make use of the areas that have been opened up to them.

The work was carried out by Alan Wearmouth, a local contractor.

You can watch a time-laps video of the Weir being removed below:

Two rivers in Penrith returned to a more natural state

A weir and a ford have been removed from two rivers in the Penrith area to restore them to a more natural state and improve them for wildlife.

Fish such as salmon and trout will now be able to move more freely in these rivers and make use of the areas that have been opened up to them.

The work has been carried out by Eden Rivers Trust with permission of the landowner and with the appropriate advice and consent from the Environment Agency.

The ford was removed from the River Lyvennet near Cliburn Mill and the weir from Morland Beck near Crossrigg, Cliburn.

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