Cast Acre Common – natural channel recreation

• 2000 meter recreation of a naturally flowing, meandering channel, reunited with the floodplain

• 99% of the former diverted and perched channels retained as groundwater and spring-fed calcareous fen backwaters

• 50 acres of restored hydrological connectivity river to floodplain

• 15 acres of stage-zero wetland

Our most ambitious River Nar project to date, the Castle Acre Common channel recreation was a partnership between three committed landowners – Holkham, West Acre and Narford estates – and the River Nar Restoration group, lead by the Norfolk Rivers Drainage Board. The work was funded by the Water Environment Grant.

The project was designed by myself, with project management by the Norfolk Rivers Drainage Board and sub-contracted delivery provided in phases by 5 Rivers environmental consultancy, Gary Riseborough plant and Acorn Tree Services. Project monitoring is being undertaken over 5 years by the Norfolk Rivers Trust.