The Ingoldisthorpe Wetland one year on; nature, community and waste-water treatment: PRESENTATION ONLY

Tosney, J., Norfolk Rivers Trust, UK


The Ingoldisthorpe Wetland was constructed by Norfolk Rivers Trust and Anglian Water in 2018 to act as a natural filter between an 8000 population equivalent sewage works and a unique Norfolk chalk stream.  The wetland is designed specifically to target phosphorus and ammonia, but is currently being assessed for a wide range of additional benefits including carbon sequestration, pharmaceutical removal and micro-plastic filtration.  As well as improving the water quality in the river, the wetland has also provided an engagement tool to work with the local community and primary school, and is designed to provide a home for nature.  The diversity of plant species used are already attracting a wide range of pollinating insects, bats, invertebrates, birds and amphibians and we are in the process of assessing impacts on the wider environment.  Additionally, the wetland has provided an additional, secure, income stream to a small farm business in a time of economic uncertainty.

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