The Enhancing Places, Inspiring Communities (EPIC) project has successfully completed phase one of the works. On 16th August the new route of the Broadwater Brook channel was opened and water flowed through it for the first time. This 1km channel has diverted the stream out of pipes under the Decoy Farm landfill site and created an open channel. Over the next couple of years this new stream channel will be transformed into a haven for wildlife and people.
It is always a bit shocking immediately after the contractors leave as the site is bare ground with bare river banks and often initial blooms of algae as the disturbed nutrients settle back down but this also leads to great excitement about what it will look like this time next year and into the future.
This partnership project between the Sompting Estate Trust and Ouse & Adur Rivers Trust has been developed over the past four years and has been supported with funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Environment Agency, Rampion Offshore Wind and Sompting Big Local.
The work continues as we look to establish wildflower meadows next to the river, plant wetland vegetation on the berms and shelves within the channel and create hedge lined access paths. We are always looking for people to get involved and come along to give us a hand with all the onsite activities and see how the area develops into the future. So get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website www.oart.org.uk/epic for more information.
Pete King, EPIC Project Manager