4. Trees on the River Uck (TrUck)

Themes: Natural rivers; Water quality


  • 5. Empower people to own local issues, and promote and take action on local solutions, within the framework of the wider catchment through sharing knowledge, partnership working and engagement.
  • 6. Encourage urban and rural populations, land and watercourse managers to play a positive role in sustainable river and water management.
  • 15. Raise awareness of the water environment through active engagement of landowners, local communities, volunteers and other interested parties.

Project description

The project aims to implement and demonstrate the role of natural riparian and floodplain intervention measures in managing flood risk along the river Uck.

The project will implement natural changes to the river, called Catchment Riparian Intervention Measures (CRIMs), where they could be beneficial to slow down flood peaks from different tributaries to reduce the risk of flooding. Natural CRIMs include woodlands in the floodplain, washlands, and large woody debris. These measure help slow down the passage of water through the catchment, allowing more time for water to drain away.

The project provides advice and services to local residents and landowners, through site suitability assessment, free planting and provision of trees and hedgerows in certain areas, or help and assistance with making applications for appropriate grant schemes.

The project is using a broad range of information to help guide the project and highlight areas that would be both beneficial and negative for flooding and wildlife. This research incorporates computer mapping, on the ground survey work and information gained from local people and river users.

The project has already established a foundation for rolling out this work across the Ouse catchment, with scope to further align with the Ouse Upstream Thinking and Middle Ouse Restoration of Physical Habitats projects.

WFD status: Moderate
WFD overall status objective: To contribute to achieving good status along the river Uck.
Benefiting species/habitats: River and wetland habitats, black poplar trees, brown trout, brook lamprey, bats and other mammals such as water vole.
Total area covered by project: 105km2
Total area surveyed: 105km2
Project lead: Sussex Wildlife Trust
Project partners: Environment Agency, Woodland Trust
Funding source: Woodland Trust, SWT, Environment Agency
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Project start: May 2012
Project end: May 2014
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Design by LTD Design Consultants and build by Garganey Consulting. From an original concept by the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust.