The River Till Restoration Strategy (RTRS) was developed during 2012/13 when all of the currently available information about the physical state of the channel and banks, together with details of modifications, was brought together. New surveys were also carried out where there was no existing usable information. The collated information was then used to analyse the key river processes, assess the condition of the channel and identify the locations where adverse pressures were preventing the river from taking its natural form. This work didn’t just focus on the effects at a single unfavourable location but, instead, identified causes across the wider catchment.
Once the key locations and causes of unfavourable condition were identified, potential actions to reduce pressures and allow ‘assisted natural recovery’ to take place were outlined. Our understanding of the river processes has meant that actions could be prioritised so that the most cost-beneficial actions can be progressed. Some potential solutions will be relatively ‘quick fixes’ whereas others may take longer; the RTRS will be looking up to 35 years forward.
Landowners and people from local communities in the catchment discussed and influenced the evolving strategy. We are keen that the RTRS will not be another remote or inaccessible ‘government strategy’. Success in implementing the agreed actions will need the input and involvement of everyone with an interest.