Kent Catchment Project

Development Stages

We’re working up a large-scale project for the whole of the Kent Catchment and we’d like your support, thoughts and ideas. The project is in it’s early stages and open to adaptation. We have a framework for what we would like to achieve however, this is where you come in, to expand and enhance what we have, adding in detail at a local scale.

Native White Clawed Crayfish

Not everything will be feasible but we could like to capture these ideas, share them with you and make this truly a community project. Together we can achieve more.

Did you know?

  • The catchment is the last stronghold for white-clawed crayfish in Europe and possibly even the world
  • It hosts a small population of the endangered freshwater pearl mussels
  • The catchment has a total area of 550km2
  • It has a strong industrial heritage largely centered around the river as a source of power

    Sprint Mill Weir 1953

The community are central to the project with support from South Cumbria Rivers Trust and other local partners. The Kent Catchment Partnership a local community group will be vital in supporting and delivering many aspects of this, you can find out more about the group here including how to get involved.

Other central themes of the project include:

  • Celebrating and recognizing the heritage of the area because the Kent is steeped in history
  • Habitat improvements both in-stream and in the surrounding catchment including tree planting, increasing diversity and protecting threatened native species
  • Installing natural flood management techniques. Kendal and a number of other communities in the catchment were some of the worst affected by the devastating floods of December 2015. This project aims to enhance work already being completed under the Cumbria Strategic Floods Partnership which is conducting a full appraisal of flood resilience projects. Therefore, this project will link to the work being completed by the partnership but due to funding criteria and scope will mainly focus on natural flood management techniques to increase resilience to flooding and droughts in both the short and long term.
  • Reviewing weirs and channel modifications throughout the catchment, alongside the River Restoration project. Including capturing the industrial heritage of the weirs and assessing the feasibility of removal to re-instate natural function, improve fish passage and potentially reduce flood risk.
  • Re-instating bassinghyll fish counter (near Sedgewick) to monitor fish migration and population trends, including investigating options for an education facility.
  • Invasive non-native species control and bio-security awareness including to protect native population such as white clawed crayfish.
  • Improving river diversity and structure through Kendal as suggested by local community members. The feasibility of this will be investigated to assess options for reducing the homogeneity of the river whilst maintaining full flood capacity.
  • Community events include, oral history of the catchment, a photo collage celebrating valued aspects of the catchment, art workshops.

Many thanks to those who have attended events or already shared their thoughts. These have been captured and recorded in the mind map below. Please note there is some repetition representing the number of times a point was suggested or raised, similarly there is some conflict in suggestions. However, it was decided that at this stage all suggestions should be captured to enable links to be made and address where conflict may arise. If you would like your suggestions to be incorporated please add them to the discussion forum or email us directly.

Kent Mind Map July 2017

Thanks for your support, we look forward to working with you in the future.

Lets celebrate, enhance and protect this wonderful catchment together.