Natural Flood Management partnership project aims to better protect Herefordshire communities at risk from flooding

A project that aims to better protect rural Herefordshire communities from the risk of flooding using natural methods is heading to Bodenham.

The Herefordshire Wye and Lugg Natural Flood Management project is one of 26 Catchment scale projects funded by DEFRA that aims to reduce flood risk to local communities, as well as well as improving water quality and enhancing biodiversity, using natural flood management processes.

Herefordshire Council are leading the project in partnership with the Environment Agency and other key delivery partners, including but not limited to, Severn Rivers Trust, Wye & Usk Foundation, Natural England, National Trust, National Farmers Union, Farm Herefordshire, Herefordshire Wildlife Trust and the Forestry Commission.

The project will include seven priority areas in the county, which experience both local flooding and water quality issues:

  • The Bodenham and Millcroft Brooks (above Bodenham)
  • Brimfield Brook (above Brimfield and Orleton)
  • Cheaton / Cogwell / Ridgemoor Brook system (above Leominster and Frome)
  • Tedstone Brook (above Bromyard)
  • Dulas Brook (above Ewyas Harold)
  • Pentaloe Brook (above Mordiford)
  • The Red, Norton and Twyford Brook system (above Rotherwas, Hereford)

The project will now head to Bodenham with a community event which will focus on the Bodenham and Millcroft Brooks catchment area. The meeting will take place on Wednesday 23 January from 6.45pm at Siward James Centre, Bodenham. 

Residents and landowners from the Bodenham and Millcroft Brooks area are invited to come along to the event to talk to partners about their experiences of flooding, find out more about Natural Flood Management as well as how they can get involved in the project.

Councillor Philip Price, Cabinet Member for Infrastructure said:

“This project is an important step towards reducing flood risk and improving the natural environment for people and wildlife. We encourage residents, farmers, landowners and stakeholders with an interest in the Bodenham and Millcroft Brooks area to come along to the community event on the 23 January, to find out more about this project and how they can get involved with the scheme.”

An Environment Agency spokesperson added:

“Working with our partners, Natural Flood Management is an important part of what we do to help reduce the risk of flooding. This scheme is a good example of this and we will continue to use a variety of measures that work together to help reduce the flood risk in Herefordshire”

For more information about the project or the event on the 23 January, contact Beth Lewis on 01432 260739 or email Bethany.lewis@herefordshire.gov.uk

Published: Monday, 14th January 2019