This last week has seen Frome Town Council’s Rangers carrying out more riverbank improvements in Rodden Meadow, creating a set of rustic steps to provide access to the river and prevent future erosion.
Supported by the Environment Agency and the Friends of the River Frome, the project was delivered with the expert help of Mike Blackmore from the Wild Trout Trust.
“This was really effective partnership work – and a brilliant follow-up to the work we completed earlier in the year” said Town Ranger Michael Gerrard. “On the first day we thinned sections along the riverbank, especially in places where self-seeded Alder has grown up too thickly along the bank. This will let patches of sunlight onto the river surface, creating a better habitat for insects, fish and other wildlife.”
“Then on day two we used logs driven in to the bank to create supports for ‘steps’ down to the river itself” continued Michael. “The steps have been back-filled with gravel to create a strong and stable structure – one that will stop the riverbank erosion getting worse; and something that should make it a little easier for dogs and people to get to the river.”