Bramley article – March 2019
Through the “Improving Flood Resilience in Southwell” project, The Southwell Flood Forum, Trent Rivers Trust, National Flood Forum and Nottinghamshire County Council have been working on measures to improve flood resilience within the town. This project is now well underway, and the project managers invite you to Southwell Library on the 3rd of April for an update on the project successes so far.
The Trent Rivers Trust have been working with local landowners to install natural flood management (NFM) interventions upstream of Southwell. The NFM interventions aim to slow the flow of water into the town by temporary attenuating water, and then releasing it slowly after the peak flow has passed.
On a community level, the National Flood Forum and Southwell Flood Forum have been working together on mini projects to raise flood awareness and community resilience. The National Flood Forum has worked closely with local Estate Agents to produce a “Welcome to Southwell” leaflet for new homeowners and is currently engaging with Riparian Owners to look at ways to help reduce flood risk in Southwell by management of watercourses. Southwell Flood Forum is planning to raise flood awareness through Award Badge for Scouts and the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award.
This community event will showcase the NFM methods which have been used, whilst explaining their function, benefits to flood risk and possible enhancements for wildlife and demonstrate the current and proposed community projects.
This free event is being held in Southwell Library, 7.00pm – 8.30pm on 3rd April. Contact 01636 815739 for further information.
The Southwell FRAMES project is part funded through the INTERREG North Sea Region European Regional Development Fund and Nottinghamshire County Council.