New look for Kearsney Abbey as culverts are opened up to improve wildlife habitat
Kearsney Abbey is taking on a whole new look as the culverts on the south side of the lake are opened up as part of the Kearsney Parks project.
As well as improving facilities and the visitor experience, one of the key aims of the project is to maintain and enhance the biodiversity of Kearsney Abbey and Russell Gardens.
The culverts in Kearsney Abbey are a legacy of the mills which historically operated in the area. Opening up the culverts will improve the wildlife habitat, including the opportunity for fish migration and spawning.
The culvert works have been part-funded by the Environment Agency who support the opening up of culverts to better manage waterways. Culverts can easily become blocked by debris and litter which restricts river flow, impedes fish migration, and increases flood risk.
Once the work to open up the culverts is complete the river banks will be stabilised and re-seeded, along with marginal planting to further improve biodiversity