Riverbank Common

Riverbank 1

 A Management Strategy for the Riverbank Common was prepared on behalf of the Parish Council in 2001 and updated in 2009.  This gives guidance on how to protect and encourage wildlife in this important area. Surveys have recorded a wide range of species including:-

Trees and Shrubs

Alder Hazel Willow
Ash Oak Wych Elm
Hawthorn Sycamore  

Wildflowers

Bluebell Snowdrop
Celandine Stitchwort
Dogs Mercury Meadow Cranesbill
Ramsons Violet
Red Campion Wood Anemone

 Birds

Dipper Sand Martin
Grey Wagtail Swallow
Goosander Swift
Kingfisher Tawny Owl
Long Tailed Tit Tree Creeper
Nuthatch Wren

Riverbank Management

Riverbank 2The Parish Council has carried out work over a number of years to implement the Riverbank Management Strategy. Much of this activity has been grant-aided by Aggregates Levy funding administered by the Yorkshire Dales Millenium Trust:-

  • Installing seats at viewing points along the riverbank (thanks also due to the Richmond Meet and the family of Mrs Elaine Hendren for purchase of commemorative benches)
  • Maintaining the riverbank footpath by spreading woodchip to improve the path surface
  • Coppicing Riverbank trees where necessary to prevent them becoming unstable and damaging the riverbank
  • Planting approximately three hundred native trees and shrubs (alder, hazel, hawthorn, field maple, dog rose, crab apple and wild privet)
  • Creation of a new area for quiet recreation at the Jetties (next to the lay-by on Richmond road) with more tree planting and construction of a wheelchair access and seating.

Riverbank 3Management Problems

Most of the issues which have to be dealt with in order to keep the Riverbank Common in good condition are man-made!

 

Litter is a recurring headache, especially in summer (lager and soft drink cans and bottles are top of the list). Not all of it is dropped by locals as we receive unwanted contributions from Richmond and other places upstream of Brompton, courtesy of the regular floods which deposit it on the riverbank. The Parish Council does undertake regular litter picks and is also very grateful to those village residents who make the effort not only to take their own litter home with them but also pick up other peoples’ rubbish.

In the past we have also had problems with motorbikes using the riverbank. The public footpath along the bank is a footpath not suitable for wheeled traffic or horses both of which can be damaging to the path (and dangerous for other users).

Riverbank 4A lot of effort also goes to combatting alien invasions on the riverbank, not Martians in this case but invasive plants which threaten our native shrubs and wildflowers. The worst offenders are Japanese Knotweed, Indian (Himalayan) Balsam and Snowberry, all of which can spread rapidly and suppress our native flowers. We have a long-running programme of spraying Japanese Knotweed which is now much reduced in area and vigour although not entirely eliminated. Snowberry is controlled by repeated strimming  and Himalayan Balsam by pulling up the plants before they get the chance to seed.

Again you can help by not tipping garden waste or planting spare garden bulbs on the riverbank –this is how new invasive plants can get a foothold and threaten the native wildflowers.

Riverbank 5We hope that present and future generations will be continue to be able to enjoy the peace and beauty of the Riverbank Common. If you would like to help out on a volunteer work party please contact Frank Broughton on 01748-811507.

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