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BSc (Hons) Landscape Architecture

Healing Waters – Enhancing Ecological and Human Systems


By 2050, 68% of the world’s population will be living in urban areas (United Nations, 2021) intensity and frequency of rainfall, through climate change, it has led to higher peak loads in the river systems and pushes the capacity of the river management strategies to their limits through pluvial and fluvial flooding (Barsley, 2020). According to the World Wide Fund “three quarters of English chalk streams in poor health (2022) and only 14% of the UK’s rivers are considered to be in good ecological health according to European standards (The Wildlife Trust, 2022).


Healing Waters will provide remediation of this part of the river Stort at Grange Paddocks Meadow by using Nature Based Solutions NBS to create meanders, in providing new riparian habitats to increase wildlife and biodiversity to the site. The technique of planted and gravel riffles will increase filtration processes, in combination with interval channels to a new urban wetland and improve flood mitigation to the town of Bishop’s Stortford. The enhancement of the river Stort will increase engagement to blue and green infrastructure to create a safe and healthy landscape in an increasing urban context.

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Jack Wakefield

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