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Holding Water

Updated: Oct 18, 2022




Cllr Sid Phelps and I attended a fascinating set of presentations at the Forest Waters Forum today. Organised by Forestry England, many interested stakeholders were there to learn about how partners are using natural flood management techniques to hold the water back and store it temporarily in the upper catchments to reduce flooding downstream.

Techniques such as creating attenuation ponds, leaky or debris dams, gully blocking , reintroducing beavers and riparian buffer planting were explained on site.

With the climate changing ever faster, and extreme rainfall events likely to become more frequent and severe, I am glad that the ‘Forestry’ is taking the brave decisions to rebuild wetland ecosytems and the rare mire and bog habitats needed to smooth out the peaks in water flow to reduce flooding risks.

This is a cost effective way to reduce flooding risks, increasing biodiversity, sequestering carbon and producing landscapes we can all enjoy for decades to come.



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Pritchard Lucus Shayne
Pritchard Lucus Shayne
2022年10月25日

Disgusting post. Noone from the area appreciate your plans!! Everyone from the area love the ponds and are already a thriving ecosystem. Leave it be!! 😠

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Simon Lewis
Simon Lewis
2022年10月23日

Is this a serious post? When you say "Forestry England,...are using natural flood management techniques to hold the water back and store it temporarily in the upper catchments to reduce flooding downstream. Techniques such as creating attenuation ponds, leaky or debris dams, gully blocking , reintroducing beavers..." is this the same Forestry England who plan to drain Cannop Ponds (existing 'attenuation ponds' in the 'upper catchment area' of the Cannop Valley)? And have the temerity to use the claimed 'leaky dams' (the official section 10 dam report disagrees with that description) as an excuse for this? They claim the existing dams (that have lasted two centuries) are 'not up to modern standards' (again the officialk Section 10 dam report fr…

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