“To enhance and engage communities with the natural heritage of the Broadwater Brook as it flows through the urban fringe greenspace at Sompting. This will be achieved by opening c.900m of the currently culverted channel through Sompting Brooks, creating wetland habitat that is rich in wildlife and is accessible to all. Community involvement throughout will inspire individuals, community groups and landowners to become connected with their natural heritage bringing a sense of ownership and ensuring the lasting legacy and future conservation of the site”
This ephemeral chalk stream was in a highly degraded state, the vast majority of it was underground, flowing through pipes, whilst the short, above ground, sections were impacted by historical and contemporary pollution. Pre-restoration surveys highlighted a stream with negligible ecological value and a heavily modified characteristic many felt too costly or difficult to fix.
Between 2016 and 2021, in partnership with the Sompting Estate Trust and supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the Environment Agency, Rampion Offshore Wind, and the local community we realigned the channel and changed the nature of the surrounding farmland, creating a cleaner, accessible and wildlife rich area for future generations to enjoy.