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Water Level Management


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A sensitive approach to bank erosion


A family business founded in 1980, Lattenbury Services have established a reputation for workmanship across a range of civil engineering projects from bridges and bank erosion measures to ground, street and steel works.


They have recently completed work on stabilising banks and providing a dipping platform and viewing area at Albyns Farm lake, a country park owned by Havering Council and part of the Havering Wildlife Partnership formed to create a Biodiversity Action Plan - a blueprint for looking after all of Havering's wildlife.


Albyns Farm is an area popular with families and dog walkers, but the lake was showing signs of erosion especially from collapsing banks due to waterfowl activity, dogs and weather so re- stabilisation was the main objective. A tarmac footpath follows one side of the lake and bank erosion was particularly bad along its course. This has been corrected by the installation of a close timber revetment. Elsewhere the steep banks have been re-profiled to promote natural re-vegetation. A stone spillway will assist access by waterfowl and dogs. The top soil was stripped and put to one side. Then the subsoil was reshaped to a gentle gradient before the top soil was replaced. Pre-planted coir rolls were installed along the waterline for rapid establishment of vegetation, protected initially by protective fence to minimize wildfowl damage.


sensitive approach to bank erosion.


A dipping platform with viewing area has been installed comprising recycled plastics and a mix of hard and soft woods according to the customer’s specifications, topped by a nonslip surface.


Prior to commencing the project, Lattenbury Services produced survey drawings and a detailed schedule of works.


“The brief was to make the area more attractive and suitable for the families and walkers who have made it so popular” explains Lattenbury’s Chris Wisson. “We were on site for six weeks and made good progress thanks to the dry winter conditions.”


Watercourse Management


Channel maintenance Dredging Silt Traps Vegetation Maintenance Weedscreens Bank retention Culverts


LATTENBURY SERVICES ‘Caring for the


Countryside’


Water Storage


Bridges & Footbridges


Civil Works


Reservoir Construction Lake & Pond construction


Bridges Walkways


Dipping platforms


(English Oak, Softwoods, Steel or recycled plastic)


Street Works Fencing Footpaths Carparks


Tel: 01480 830224 lattenbury@aol.com


www.lattenburys ervices.co.uk Lattenbury Farm, Godmanchester, Huntingdon, Cambs, PE28 9PA


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