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Re-instating Isaac’s Tea Trail

An important footpath on the River Nent known as Isaac’s Tea Trail had been severely damaged by high flow events with long sections washed out making it hazardous in many locations. This had led to the closure of the path for more than a year

RCS worked with a contractor to tackle the problem using green engineering solutions. Timber revetments were installed that simultaneously protected riverbanks from further erosion and helped to elevate the height of the footpath, reducing the frequency with which it is inundated by the river.

We also replaced existing gateways that had fallen into disrepair, improving access to the countryside for many visitors to the Nent valley. This work has withstood numerous heavy storms since they were installed, and continue to blend in well with the natural environment.

Footpath before reinstatement works. Low lying path was frequently inundated by the river.
New kissing gate installed to improve access to Isaac’s Tea Trail
Reinstated footpath using timber revetments, infilled with gravel and topped with soil

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