Water coarse diversion in Telford

Ridgewood Contracts worked on a scheme to turn a section of waterway, hidden in piping for more than 40 years, into a brook at Mad Brook, Telford.

Part of Mad Brook was previously piped during the creation of Telford, Shropshire, in the 1960s. Shropshire Wildlife Trust and Telford & Wrekin Council created about 100m of watercourse in open space to the south of Stirchley Pools.

We opened the brook coarse back up which helped wildlife re use the water coarse through a series of ramps with the overall aim for this project to improve both water quality and biodiversity in the Mad Brook.

The brook rises in Telford Town Park, flowing south through Stirchley Dingle. It is here that two piped sections have been restored, with new channels cut and rocky cascades constructed instead of weirs. It continues its way under Halesfield industrial estate, eventually joining the River Worfe.

Life is returning to the stream since the work was completed in 2014. Sticklebacks have been seen while frogs shelter under wet stones at its edge.

Please see a few images below of the work we carried out (click to enlarge)