Mitigating Ecological and Environmental Impact

When trees are uprooted and subsequently get stuck along a river this can cause major issues for the ecological and environmental balance of that river. Further to flood events, a tree stuck at the Common Cauld at Hawick was holding back the free-flowing of fish in the River Teviot.

When a member of the River Tweed Commission noted issues with a particular tree upstream of the Hawick Flood Protection Scheme works, the  project team offered help to remove it. Under the supervision of the Commissioner and with guidance of the project ecologist, four of the team removed the tree from the river using an 8T Excavator. The tree was subsequently sawn, removed and donated to one of the local community groups so the material could be used for upcycling into bird boxes, planters, carved bowls, etc.

This resulted in no more blockages in the river; river balance is re-set; the local Angling Club and downstream users are happy; and many a local has benefited from the goods created out of the recovered tree trunk.

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