Posted & filed under Community Resilience, Potwell Dyke Flood Group, Watercourse Clearing.

Storm overflows are safety valves built into the combined sewer system to discharge excess sewage to rivers, lakes, or the sea when rainfall exceeds capacity.

The deadline for comments is: 12th May 2022.

The consultation website states:

‘Tackling storm overflows in England is a government priority. It is an issue which has received significant public attention and the government is firmly committed to a step change on action to protect public health and the environment from storm overflow discharges. We intend to produce a Storm Overflow Discharge Reduction Plan by September 2022, as required by the Environment Act 2021, to outline our vision. This will set clear and enforceable targets that the water industry must meet. This consultation seeks views on the targets and other core elements of the Plan in advance of its publication’.

Here is the website to take part through an online survey:

Flood and Coast Conference Report and Video

Posted & filed under Community Resilience, Emergency Planning, Flood Mitigation, FRAMES, Natural Flood Management, Nottingham Trent University, Trent Rivers Trust, Watercourse Clearing.

This is usually a national two-day event at Telford and Tim Farr and Jacky Huson attended in 2017 when Tim was invited to give a presentation on Southwell Flood Forum and be on a panel. This year they are offering a series of webinars, the first of which is Creating Climate Resilient Places. These digital… Read more »

National Flood Forum Bulletin – May 2018 –

Posted & filed under Blog, Community Resilience, FRAMES, National Flood Forum Bulletins, Natural Flood Management, Watercourse Clearing.

This bulletin includes an update on the National Planning Policy Framework consultation, and an introduction to Shani Lambert who started working for National Flood Forum on 3rd May as a Community Project officer in Southwell within the FRAMES project for ‘Improving Flood Resilience in Southwell’. We are delighted to welcome Shani and her enthusiasm to… Read more »


Friends of Southwell Trail

Posted & filed under Blog, Community Resilience, Watercourse Clearing.

Friends of Southwell Trail run activity days – mostly during the conservation period October to March. The work is practical task-based – access and conservation based e.g. clearing weeds, brambles, coppicing – to protect this local historical and environmental feature. For more information contact or telephone 01623 822944 ex 2242. Next activity days –… Read more »

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Nottingham Post Environment Awards – submission for the Environmental Community of the Year

Posted & filed under Blog, Fundraising, Watercourse Clearing.

We’ll be sitting on the edge of our chairs waiting for the announcement of winners of the Nottingham Post Environment Awards at the ceremony on Wednesday 12th November at Nottingham Belfry Hotel Southwell Flood Forum was encouraged to enter the 2014 Nottingham Post Environment Awards and we are thrilled to have been shortlisted in the Environmental Community of the Year category… Read more »


East Midlands in Bloom 2014 – Judges Award for watercourse clearance

Posted & filed under Blog, Potwell Dyke Flood Group, Watercourse Clearing.

Being impressed with many areas of horticultural interest, the judges of East Midlands in Bloom 2014 awarded Southwell in Bloom with a Silver in the medium town category. A Judges Award was also presented to Southwell Flood Forum “for taking on such a complex project” because one of the entries for work volunteers do within… Read more »

Working towards a dry town

Posted & filed under Watercourse Clearing.

The Watercourse Volunteers continues to make sure our dykes, ditches, dumbles and drains are in working order. Across town from the Southwell Trail, along Potwell Dyke where, sadly after all the volunteer efforts, dumping of garden waste still goes on, to Westhorpe. While helping residents clear the Intake Dumble of fallen trees and debris, volunteers are in training… Read more »

Campaigners fight risk of floods

Posted & filed under Blog, Potwell Dyke Flood Group, Watercourse Clearing.

While wildlife trusts and nature reserves are keeping an eye on the weather, so are the campaigners of Southwell Flood Forum. Their homes were damaged by last summer’s flash floods and now the forum –formed last August to reduce flooding risks – is stepping up its campaign. View article…