The weir removal at Bowston, a project proposed by South Cumbria Rivers Trust (SCRT) in agreement with James Cropper, was aprominent example of the river
restoration programme and part of a webinar session during the symposium for river restoration practitioners from around the world. Being the largest river barrier removal in the UK in 2022, this mammoth venture brought together river trusts, environmental agencies, landowners, academics, communities and volunteers to restore the natural processes on this part of the river.
The River Kent is an internationally important site of special scientific interest, home to white-clawed crayfish and freshwater pearl mussels, as well as water
crowfoot, an oxygenating aquatic plant. Pete Evoy, director of SCRT, said: “Removing Bowston weir will help renaturalise this section of the River Kent, improve navigation for migratory species, reduce flood risks for residents and provide a 44% biodiversity net gain.”