River Ver and Verulamium Park Lakes Improvement Project

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The Environment Agency, Affinity Water, St Albans City and District Council and Hertfordshire County Council’s Countryside Management Service (CMS) are working together to develop proposals that will improve the River Ver, the Verulamium Park lakes and the wider river area through St Albans. 

The River Ver is a chalk stream, which is an incredibly rare type of habitat with only around 200 in the world. Sadly the Ver, like many of our chalk streams, is in a very poor condition, largely as a result of historical alterations. We want to return the river, as it runs through St Albans, to a more natural state that will bring benefits to wildlife and people. The project is part of the Chalk Streams Partnership, a wider programme of work that will improve six chalk streams.

The project area has been split into six sections or ‘reaches’ which cover the River Ver from Verulamium Park through to Sopwell Mill Farm. 

Working with our consultants, AECOM, we have developed a proposed outline plan for each of the six reaches of the project which can be found here.

We are confident that each of these plans will meet the project objectives and bring tremendous benefits for the river, its wildlife, and the people of St. Albans for years to come. This really is a once in a lifetime opportunity to address the historical and current issues and deliver sustainable opportunities on a substantial scale.

The project is split into six reaches, each with their own issues. For more detail on each of the six reaches please visit the Project Area page.

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Project partners

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 Chalk Stream Partnership Chalk Stream Partnership

Chalk Stream Partnership

Project Project area

The project covers the River Ver from the North of Verulamium Park to just upstream of Sopwell Mill Farm and the lakes in Verulamium Park

Project objectives Project objectives

Project objectives

Issues and problems Issues with the River Ver and Lake

Issues with the River Ver and Lake

Constraints Constraints


Progress Progress updates

Progress updates

Public Engagement Outline Proposals All Reaches

Outline Proposals All Reaches

Comments and Suggestions Comments and suggestions

Comments and suggestions

FAQ logo in circle FAQs

Frequently asked questions about the River Ver and Verulamium Park Lake project