Cambridge Past, Present & Future is carrying out a feasibility study to improve water quality in the Bin Brook, to enhance biodiversity and to reduce flooding.

The feasibility work has two main elements:

1. Establish whether it is feasible to create a new wetland in Coton Countryside Reserve which would naturally filter the outflow from Coton Water Recycling Plant before it enters the Bin Brook.

2. Identify opportunities to carry out small scale improvement projects in the Bin Brook catchment between Hardwick and the M11. For example, creating small wetlands fed by field drains, which would naturally filter water, reduce flood peaks and create new wildlife habitat.

Cambridge Past, Present & Future has commissioned Norfolk Rivers Trust to help us deliver this work. They have experience of delivering similar schemes elsewhere in our region. We are also working with Anglia Water on this project.

The feasibility started in April 2019 and we hope it will be completed in autumn 2020. We will be talking with the local community and other stakeholders as the project progresses in order to get their views and ideas.

We will update this page as the project progresses.

This feasibility work is being funded through the Environment Agency Water Environment Grant, which is funded from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD).