The project seeks to provide a significant boost for the Land of the Fanns rivers – the Rom/Beam, Ingrebourne and the Mardyke – by facilitating further river restoration work by the two Catchment Partnerships operating within the landscape. These efforts will be supported by the respective Catchment Partnership Plans: The South Essex Catchment Plan, the Roding, Beam and Ingrebourne Catchment Plan, and the Ingrebourne Catchment Restoration Plan developed by the Havering Wildlife Project. The aim is to achieve more naturally functioning rivers and floodplains that will achieve good ecological status under the Water Framework Directive through 6km of river improvements.
The key goals identified within the Catchment Plans include:
- Water management: Improving the way in which water is captured and managed; and to reduce nutrients in our watercourses
- Land management: Work with land managers to reduce run-off, improve
habitats and access for people
- River and floodplain management: Manage flood risk and drainage; improve connections and address Invasive Non Native Species
- Recreation and raising awareness
- Investment in the Catchments through partnership working