What with the flooding experienced in December 2020 and the threat of climate change, flooding has never been so high on the agenda in the Waveney Catchment. So the question is, What is Natural Flood Management?
Quite simply, Natural Flood Management (NFM) is using natural solutions to slow, capture, re-direct or store flood waters at times of high rainfall. This can prevent so much water from quickly flowing off the land and to the main river where it can cause flooding to homes and businesses. NFM measures can include tree or hedge planting, installing ‘leaky’ dams made from natural timber to hold back water, digging small pools or ponds to capture and store flood water and allowing the river to flow onto grassed floodplains where there is no risk to people or property. Healthy soils that allow the water to infiltrate are also really important.
The great thing about NFM is that it is also really good for creating new habitats and storing carbon.
Conference: Natural Flood Management in the River Waveney catchment - The Corn Hall, Diss - April 2022
The River Waveney Trust worked in partnership with Groundwork to deliver a public conference on NFM, kindly funded by Durrants Estate Agents and the Broadland Catchment Partnership. It was a wonderful opportunity to bring partners, stakeholders and the local community together on a hot topic for the Waveney
What we learned:
We are also delighted to have been awarded funding from a National Lottery climate change fund - Together For Our Planet - for piloting NFM. This funding means we can create some fantastic showcase NFM measures and use them to inspire others in the catchment.