Team Stream Restoration 

In the centre of Marlborough, just behind Waitrose (Hillier's Yard Car Park) was a stretch of the River Kennet lacking in the habitat normally found along a thriving chalk stream

The practical restoration of the riverbank began in November 2015 and was completed in December 2015.  Our team of volunteers made up of members of the community, including students from St John's Academy worked together to reduce further erosion of the riverbank creating a more natural sinuous river corridor planted up with attractive and beneficial native marginal plants associated with a healthy chalk stream. 

Over time this stretch has become a suitable habitat for many species of wildlife, plants are providing
shelter, food and nesting sites for creatures including Britain's fastest declining mammal, the water vole, which was close to this site and now more suitable, surveying has logged field signs of their presence.


The enhancement of the river accompanied by an interpretive panel next to the well used footpath, provides images of the wildlife that can be spotted. This along with the enhancement of the river, will provide a richer nature experience for passers by, whether local or visitors to the town.

The project was funded by Aster Communities and Thames Water Rivers & Wetlands Community Days.

The project was supported by Waitrose (who own the riverbank), the Environment Agency and the Wild Trout Trust.