UK’s Model Wetland Restoration
25 Nov 2020
A model nature-based solution with active human management, the wetlands were restored on reclaimed farmland using 3 million tonnes of waste London clay. The saltmarshes absorb waves, reducing pressure on ancient sea walls,while sluices control water levels within the lagoons enhancing wildlife habitat. The restoration recovers some of the 30,000 ha of Essex saltmarshes lost over 25 years providing £1 billion worth of coastal flood defences in the UK. These saltmarshes also lock up large stores of carbon.