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Reedbed Maintenance

Client: The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust

Location: Slimbridge, Gloucestershire

Service: Water Treatment

Project Outline:

JPR were contacted to come up with a solution to improve the efficiency of the reedbed and improve the quality of the water.

Increasing reedbed efficiency

The millennium reedbed at the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust, Slimbridge was originally designed to treat the wastewater from the visitor centre which could see up to 3,000 people per day. When JPR got involved, the reedbed’s efficiency had been reduced by a number of problems including short-circuiting and water ponding (too much standing water) on the main filter bed.

It can greatly increase the effectiveness and life of a reedbed treatment system if a proper maintenance programme is in place. JPR has undertaken the maintenance of the reedbed system at Slimbridge since early 2010. 

This involves regular visits to check that all pumps and pipes are functioning properly and to ensure that there is the required water flow. We also manage the vegetation both within and around the reedbeds.

Services at JPR Environmental


We are experienced at creating well formed ecosystems with an aim of increasing biodiversity in an area.


We use multiply different methods for bank reconstruction and protection depending on project.


One of our core services involves designing, creating and maintaining wetland pond, lakes and reservoirs.


Enhancements is understanding that a location can house an environment and implementing it.


Desilting is the process of removing  silt, sludge and other materials that have deposited in the watercourse over time


Water treatment includes using reeds as part of the process in treating waste water and improving water treatment.

Habitat Creation

Erosion Control

Wetland Creation

Habitat Restoration


Water Treatment

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