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Josh  Well, PhD student with Dr Jillian Labadz at Nottingham Trent University, Brackenhurst campus was honoured to be invited to speak recently on the research he is conducting on Natural Flood Management. His research is being applauded internationally, putting him, Brackenhurst and flooding in Southwell firmly in the forefront of NFM evidence-based research.

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The Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) held conferences in London (31st October) and Leeds (6th December)  to launch the Environment Agency’s ‘Working with Natural Processes Evidence Base’ which has been developed to help flood and coastal erosion risk management (FCERM) authorities understand, justify, develop and implement FCERM schemes with WWNP to reduce flood risk.  It will also include presentations from a range of existing projects that have successfully implemented NFM measures on the ground, through effective partnerships, whilst drawing on a range of funding streams.

The UK has experienced repeated severe flooding in recent years, which has raised the profile of Natural Flood Management (NFM) creating a prominent discussion of the benefits of working more closely with natural processes to help reduce flood risk and complement more traditional engineering responses, aiming to manage and reduce flood risk in a more efficient, cost-effective and sustainable way.

Following the Pitt Review the Environment Agency defined NFM as taking action to manage fluvial and coastal flood and coastal erosion risk by protecting, restoring and emulating the natural regulating function of catchments, rivers, floodplains and the coast. Whilst this is not a new concept there has not yet been a comprehensive synthesis of the vast research undertaken on this topic, with previous research scattered and often not presented in a manner accessible to FCERM and NFM practitioners.

“Slowing the Flow” – a talk on Southwell’s first natural flood management project to help reduce flood risk in the town- 2nd February 2017

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The first project to help reduce flooding in the town has been completed by Josh Wells, a PhD student at NTU Brackenhurst who is working with hydrologist Dr Jillian Labadz and the Environment Agency, together with Stuart Smith (Smith JCB Hire of Southwell) who has dug long and hard in difficult circumstances to complete the… Read more »

Natural Flood Management Scheme at Brackenhurst

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Work at Brackenhurst started on woody debris dams in June 2016 and bunds in November 2016. Pictures below Before (July) and after (22nd November 2016) drone shots of Brackenhurst’s #naturalfloodmanagement scheme, still under construction but holding back water as designed See January 2017 report     Picture below One of the storage bunds doing its… Read more »

National Flood Forum Bulletin – November 2016

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The Environment Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Select Committee’s report, Future Flood Prevention, recently recommended a complete overhaul of how we tackle flooding. Amongst the recommendations was that we should take a more holistic approach to managing flood risk, including incorporating natural flood management (NFM) into the toolkit. NFM is about how we delay and… Read more »

Community Resilience Day – a resounding success

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We thank everyone who attended – from youngsters who enjoyed exploring the emergency vehicles… to residents who found out more about resilience….to other Nottinghamshire communities who enjoyed the opportunity to share experiences….to our guests …. to Wardens who completed, refreshed or were trained in the required elements to carry out their role as a Road… Read more »