Dozens of properties in Bristol will be protected from flooding – thanks to a new £2million defence scheme.
The scheme will see improvements carried out to the Brislington Brook flood defences and improve protection for more than 100 properties.
The current defences, built by Bristol City Council between 1964 and 1978, are more than 40 years old and the walls of the channel are now in need of repair. If the wall collapses, the channel could become blocked.
There is also a metal screen which stops trash and other debris from blocking a flood relief tunnel.
Despite regular clearing, the screen can become blocked during heavy rain.
By adding a platform it will allow Environment Agency staff to clear the screen safely during bad weather.
A new access track allowing agency staff to get to the screen is also being created through the Nightingale Valley.
The new track is being routed to avoid tree felling and will avoid the need for disruptive work at the current access point at St Anne’s Terrace.
However 10 small ash and sycamore trees will need to be removed. They will be replaced with 33 new trees.
Environment Agency spokesman Ron Curtis said: "Brislington is a key flood defence and making these improvements now will keep it fit for purpose - cutting the risk of people's homes becoming flooded."
Councillor Asher Craig, Deputy Mayor for Communities at Bristol City Council said: “The work being carried out by the Environment Agency at Brislington Brook is important to protect people’s homes from future flooding and has been carefully planned to minimise the loss of trees whilst allowing clear access to the flood defence site.
"Trees being removed will be replaced by the council with involvement from the community to identify suitable planting sites.”
Overall the city’s ambition is to increase the tree canopy of Bristol through schemes such as One Tree per Employee, which launched in November last year and has already been successful, with 57 Bristol businesses buying a tree for each of their 2,400 staff.”
Work has already begun on the Brislington scheme and is due to be completed in the autumn.