Rivers are our lifeblood, on both a global scale and on a personal level – after all, river restoration is where we started as a business more than 25 years ago.

It’s fair to say that we’re experts in the field, which is why we’re considered to be one of the UK’s leading industry specialists in ecological and environmental solutions; it’s also why we’ve been trusted to complete works on behalf of clients such as the Environment Agency, Anglian Water and The Rivers Trusts.

With river restoration being our most sought-after service, you can be certain that any works we carry out will be nothing short of exemplary. We view river restoration as part art, part science, so as well as being confident that our designs are functional, we make sure that the end result is beautiful, too. We undertake a wide variety of restoration and enhancements on all river systems, from small tributaries to estuarine habitats, and we’re also highly skilled in the restoration of chalk streams.

Environmental protection is at the heart of what we do, with our river restoration projects being carried out in a way which ensures the greatest environmental gain for the available budget.

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What is river restoration?

This is the act of reinstating natural processes to help the river to restore itself. Geomorphological changes (such as channel narrowing or changing the flow of water) can not only help the river to function more naturally, but can alter habitat potential.

Common methods used in our river restoration projects include:

  • bed level raising;
  • flood plain reconnection;
  • re-meandering;
  • soft revetments;
  • bank protection;
  • fish passage improvement.

We also offer a range of bio-engineering and light civil engineering cervices such as pedestrian bridges and flood defence, acting as a designer and contractor as required.

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What are the benefits of river restoration?

There are a number of reasons why river restoration can benefit your project, including those listed below:

  • to solve erosion problems;
  • to remedy structural issues;
  • to reduce flood risk;
  • to enhance a local habitat, or to contribute to wider ecological improvements;
  • to improve amenity benefits, such as angling and tourism;
  • to help control river temperatures;
  • to improve water framework classification;
  • to help achieve targets for biodiversity net gain.
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Why should I choose FiveRivers for my restoration project?

River restoration is our specialism: we’ve earnt the trust of countless clients for over 25 years due to the quality of our restoration work. Click through to our case studies page to see some examples. Additionally, we are members of the River Restoration Centre (RRC), a national body which champions best-practice river restoration, habitat enhancements and sustainability.

One question you might have about this service is: is river restoration expensive? You’ll be pleased to learn that FiveRivers aim to work in the most holistic and cost-effective manner, using site-won materials where possible to complete all works.

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The team were flexible and skilled and the machines allowed a huge quantity of work to be completed in a relatively short period of time.

Charlotte Hitchmough, Action for the River Kennet

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river restoration.

James Peake

Director of Habitats

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