40 projects to benefit from £25 million funding for natural flood management systems

40 projects which will use natural processes such as planting trees and creating wetlands to reduce the risk of flooding are set to benefit from a £25 million Natural Flood Management programme.

The announcement comes after a wide range of applications were submitted to the Environment Agency by community groups, environmental charities and councils for grants, following the launch of the flood management schemes in September 2023.

Community, charity and council projects set to benefit from the Natural Flood Management programme include:

o Severn Rivers Trust will carry out a mixture of natural flood management measures in the headwaters of Illey Brook, near Halesowen in the West Midlands. Many of these works will focus on soil and land management – slowing and storing surface water runoff, while also reducing soil erosion and supporting agriculture. New woodland areas and hedgerows will support wetland complexes and the creation of new habitats, and

o The Ribble Rivers Trust has proposed a number of projects focusing on slowing river flows across the Ribble catchment, in Darwen, Clitheroe and Lea Green. Swales, ponds and leaky barriers across watercourses will slow and store floodwater in the upper reaches of the River Darwen catchment, whilst vegetation management and new woodland will intercept the flow of water as it runs downhill, reducing runoff and enabling water to be stored in the soil.

The successful projects and schemes are:

1. City of Doncaster Council, Bentley NFM Opportunities
2. Northumberland County Council, Alnmouth Coastal scheme
3. National Trust, Common Farm Hydrological Restoration
4. National Trust, Resilient Coledale
5. Community Forest Trust, Whitewell Brook NFM
6. Ribble Rivers Trust, Ribble Revival: Darwen Community Catchment
7. Ribble Rivers Trust, Ribble Revival: Clitheroe Community Catchment
8. Ribble Rivers Trust, Ribble Revival: Wrea Green Community Catchment
9. Wyre River Trust, Wyre Catchment Resilience Programme
10.Brampton 2 Zero CiC, Brampton Natural Flood Management Project
11. National Trust, Poynton and Micker (Norbury) Catchment Plan (Headwaters)
12. Cheshire Wildlife Trust, Meols Natural Flood Management Scheme
13. Mersey Rivers Trust, Alt Catchment NFM
14. Woodland Trust, Smithills Estate NFM 2024
15. City of Trees Trust, Cromton Moor Slow the Flow Leaky Dams
16. Severn Rivers Trust, Illey Brook NFM
17. Leicester City Council, Leicester Urban NFM – Willow Brook Catchment
18. Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust, Saving Worksop and Shireoaks through NFM
19. Nottinghamshire County Council, Cropwell Butler Natural Flood Management
20. Lincolnshire County Council, Barrow Beck Chalk Stream Restoration
21. East Mercia Rivers Trust, Field Beck NFM – Holdingham, Sleaford
22.Lincolnshire County Council, Building Flood Resilience in the River Rase Catchment
23. National Trust, Northey Island Causeway Saltmarsh Management
24. River Waveney Trust, Diss Natural Flood Management
25. Essex County Council, Hockley Woods Leaky Dams
26. RSPB, Beneficial Use of Dredged Sediment (BUDS) in the Blackwater Estuary
27. Norfolk County Council, North Attleborough Flood Alleviation Scheme
28. London Borough of Hillingdon, Pinn Meadows Natural Flood Management
29. South Oxfordshire District Council, The Goggs, Watlington NFM Scheme
30. Surrey County Council, Ash Ranges NFM
31. High Weald AONB Partnership (East Sussex County Council), High Weald AONB NFM Project (Alder Stream)
32. RSPCA, Marsham Valley Natural Flood Management Partnership
33. The Friends of Cannizaro Park, Cannizaro Park NFM Programme
34. Royal Borough of Greenwich Council, Marsh Dykes and Thamesmead Flood Alleviation Network
35. High Weald AONB Partnership (East Sussex County Council), High Weald AONB NFM Project (Crawley – Stanford Brook)
36. National Trust, Swan Brook Wetlands
37. Dorset AONB Partnership, hosted by Dorset Council, West Dorset Rivers & Coastal Streams Natural Flood Management Programme
38. Sidbury Manor Estate, Sidbury Manor Estate & The River Sid Catchment
39. Environment Agency, Climate Resilient Otter Catchment (CROC), and 
40, Westcountry Rivers Trust, Climate Resilient Mevagissey.

The full press release can be found at this link to the GOV.UK website, while further details about the Natural Flood Management programme is available at this LINK.