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Restoration of River Leith

A major restoration project is underway on the River Leith near Penrith in Cumbria to return the river to a more natural state.

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Work underway on River Leith restoration

A major restoration project has started on the River Leith near Penrith to return the river to a more natural state after historic straightening and widening.

The work is being managed by the Eden Rivers Trust, as well as the tenant farmer, land owner, Environment Agency and Natural England.

A new winding river channel will be excavated on land at Thrimby Hall, Little Strickland, just south of Penrith.

Work will begin with the digging out of the old river channel, adjacent to the straightened section of the River Leith where it runs alongside the railway line.

The river will then be diverted into the restored channel next summer.

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