Over the last few years community days dedicated to tree planting have brought neighbours together and left lasting legacies as tree saplings start to reach the heights of those who planted them. Whether it be willow and alder in the marshy land behind our native reed beds, or fruiting wild cherries and trees perfect for local wildlife on the path-side uplands. Reed beds, and suitable trees can play an important role in reducing the flood risk to the local area. Alongside other stakeholders responsible for the river such as the Environment Agency we’re committed to continue finding nature-based solutions to alleviate flooding. Who knows, we might even see beavers on the River Roding one day! We were delighted to see a pair of Eurasian beavers welcomed back to Essex in 2019 (for the first time in 400 years!) to help reduce flood risk on the nearby River Pant. If you’d like to join us for tree-planting or other ecological intervention events (such as the launch of this floating water-cleaning plant raft seen in the accompanying photo!) then please subscribe for updates and we’ll keep you in the loop.