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Jackson to carry out river restoration work on behalf of Anglian Water

Anglian Water has chosen Jackson to help it deliver a programme of river restoration schemes at selected locations across the East of England.

The water company plans to invest over £7million across 16 separate schemes, designed to restore unique river habitats and improve biodiversity. Jackson is one of three environmental businesses who will deliver the work alongside the wider, established, Catchment Based Approach (CaBA) partnerships. Planning for the work is taking place this autumn with boots set to be on the ground from next year.

Anglian Water plans to invest over £7million across 16 separate schemes, designed to restore unique river habitats, improving ecology and biodiversity. Jackson is one of three environmental businesses who will deliver the work alongside the wider, established, Catchment Based Approach (CaBA) partnerships. Planning for the work will begin this autumn with boots on the ground from next year.

Water Resources Environment Manager for Anglian Water, Martin Bowes said: “The aim of these schemes is to reinstate the natural processes in the rivers that have been lost through historical river management and modification. The work will reinstall meanders, riffles, and gravel into the river beds, creating variation in river flows and protection against erosion.

“By changing the river's shape – narrowing or shallowing some parts, we can increase habitat diversity and allow the river to function more how nature intended it to, and as importantly, without increasing the risk of flooding to local amenities, businesses or homes.”

Jackson is a framework partner on the programme and will be involved in designing and building river restoration habitat schemes on south-western chalk stream tributaries of the River Lark on the Suffolk-Cambridgeshire border.

Managing Director at Jackson Civil Engineering, Brian Crofton said: “Jackson is delighted to be part of the team who will be delivering this programme of works to our precious rivers in the East of England. With over 15 years of experience working with the Environment Agency we hope that with our knowledge and understanding of working with sensitive natural assets we will be able to provide valuable support to Anglian Water and the CaBA partners on this exciting project.”