Hatchford Brook – Back to Nature
27th August 2019
Olton’s Jubilee Park is to benefit from some much-needed environmental improvement works to Hatchford Brook.
Hatchford Brook (pictured above) is contained in a concrete channel. This has led to poor water quality which impacts on local wildlife. To improve the environment and create a new habitat where wildlife can flourish, the existing concrete water courses will be replaced with a naturalised stream.
The concrete slabs will be removed from the sides and some excavation will slightly widen parts of the brook. This will make for a more natural stream with shallow profiled banks and meanders which will be planted with wildflowers and grasses which will restore the watercourse and make it more natural in appearance.
Initially, during the first winter, the ground may look bare and muddy, but once the planting is established we will start to see an increase in wildlife at the park, both in numbers and types.