Award for de-culverting project in Sheffield

Congratulations to WTT Trout in the Town Programme Manager, Dr Paul Gaskell and the partnership who delivered the Porter Brook Pocket Park Project – it has just won the prestigious 2016 Canal & Rivers Trust award for Contribution to the Built Environment”.

This is a project that we hope will inspire others to free their urban rivers from culverts and create a three-fold win’: 

– a win for the river and its wildlife,

– a win for the local residents who have a pocket park with a living stream to enjoy,

– a win for flood defence as the design incorporates flood storage for a spatey river

Paul will use the considerable experience gained on this project to help urban Trout in the Town’ groups plan and deliver similar daylighting projects.

Take a look at Paul’s blog post here – which includes some footage of him catching the first trout in the de-culverted river for (probably) 160 years.

Type Porter’ in the search box (top right) to find all the blog posts about this project.

The project was a Partnership between Sheffield City Council, the Environment Agency and the Wild Trout Trust.