The Eastern Yar and its tributaries Scotchells Brook and Wroxall Stream are the largest water catchment on the Island. In places the river has been heavily modified. The Eastern Yar River Group first met in April 2014 and identified a number of opportunities that could be developed to improve its quality and how it functions, but these require a co-ordinated approach.
In December 2014 a workshop was held to further discuss these activities and to start to develop an action plan. Presentations were provided by the Environment Agency and Natural England, and Atkins and Arup – which can be viewed here:
Atkins: Understanding the Eastern Yar
Arup: Eastern Yar Action Plan
It was agreed that a ‘manifesto’ for the Eastern Yar would be a really good way to pull together the key ideas that the Group all agree on and that need tackling between the stakeholders of various kinds e.g. better soil and water conservation and more imaginative, small scale and widespread attenuation features. This will now be developed.
It was suggested that it would be useful to have an easily understandable ‘how it works’ guide to the river. There is a lot of data available so we will investigate putting this together. The Environment Agency, NFU and CLA will work together to produce a ‘do’s and don’ts’ for landowners with regards to management (in particular trees).
Arup have produced a report and drawn up an action plan of possible projects to inform the AONB Down To The Coast project. Several projects have now been submitted for HLF funding and we await notification of success in Autumn. These include river rehabilitation, access improvements, events and enhanced interpretation.