The Alt Meadows Restoration Project has had an strong positive impact on the local area, through a whole range of innovative measures: landscaping for the reduction of flooding risks and blockage due to poor river maintenance, which interfered with the potential for rich biodiversity; management of invasive species such as Japanese Knotweed and Himalayan Balsam, and connectivity between networks of green spaces along the river. The overarching aim of the project was to regenerate a derelict part of Liverpool, encouraging community involvement to create a sense of ownership and connection to the site for residents of local and neighbouring areas.

 

The project was made possible with a £1.7 million DEFRA Catchment Restoration Fund and was completed in collaboration with The Cass Foundation, a Liverpool based charity aimed at improving people’s health and well-being, by improving the quality of places in which they live and encouraging access, communication, connection to place and active lives.

 

 

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Our involvement with the project was to produce drawings and technical information for the in-channel works. We worked closely with Ecological Restoration Consultants Limited (ERC), the ecological consultants on the project to design the river channel profiles, flood plain ledges, gravel riffle beds and erosion control to the banks. We also designed planting schemes for the new riverbanks, a mixture of coir rolls and palettes, together with wildflower and wetland seed mixes which have significantly contributed to the thriving wildlife.

 

Example of Channel Profile Drawings:

 

 

 

 

 

Short film about the River Alt Restoration, courtesy of the Cass Foundation:

 

 

 

 

 

River Alt Excavation Works

Excavation and Earthworks Nearly Complete

 

River Alt Planting Day

Erosion Control Installed on Sections of River Bank

 

The creation and continued success of Alt Meadows requires a significant and sustained community effort. Friends of Croxteth Greenspace, The Cass Foundation, Start Creative CIC, and The Alt Valley Community Trust have organised events, such as Conservation Volunteer days, drumming workshops, mosaic and environmental craft making, and monthly Walk and Talk tours, which further encourage local community involvement and have attracted participants and visitors numbering in the thousands.

 

Community Involvement

Community Involvement

 

 

 

Useful Links:

– The Cass Foundation

– Ecological Restoration Consultants Limited (ERC)

Alt Meadows – River Alt Restoration Project (Facebook Page)