The Environment Agency and the Canal and Rivers Trust are looking to improve the River Bulbourne for people and wildlife. To understand what local communities think about their water environment and how they use it, we are asking you, the public, to complete an activities survey.

The River Bulbourne, like many chalk rivers, has been historically modified to support human activity. Since the 18th Century, the Bulbourne has been diverted to feed the Grand Union Canal, which is enjoyed by boaters, pedestrians and cyclists alike. The villages of Dudswell and Northchurch, and the towns of Berkhamsted and Hemel Hempstead, have expanded around the Grand Union Canal which was used for trade. The old river channel had a series of mills and cress beds.


These uses as well as other historic changes to the wider area including abstractions have put pressure on the river. In order to improve ecology of the river, we are therefore developing options to restore flows in the areas where the river is less transient and to enhance the river habitats for people and wildlife. We would like to know what you value and enjoy about the Bulbourne Catchment in order to shape our plans.


Please click the link below to take our survey, closing date February 28th:

Design by LTD Design Consultants and build by Garganey Consulting. From an original concept by the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust.