Derwent Villages Natural Flood Management

Derwent Villages Natural Flood Management

‘Derwent Villages’ is a government funded project the Trust is delivering alongside the Yorkshire Derwent Catchment Partnership. It will last for three years and aims to reduce local flooding through entirely natural methods such as tree planting  and ‘leaky dams’, which are constructed from trees and other material found on the riverside, which slow the flow of rivers in heavy rainfall. The four becks we are working on are in North Yorkshire on the river Rye and the upper Derwent.

Key Aims

This work will create more natural ways to reduce the impact of floodwaters both by intercepting it on the way into the watercourses and slowing it down once it has reached the becks. Becks will be improved to reduce flooding and benefit wildlife at the same time and we will be monitoring the work, which will feed into national studies and evidence to encourage more of these schemes to protect people from flooding and restore our rivers.  This type of natural management on river channels that have previously regularly flooded have already been employed successfully, for example in Pickering.

What we are doing

Entirely natural methods will be used, such as tree planting  and ‘leaky dams’, which are constructed from trees and other material found on the riverside, which that slow the flow of rivers in heavy rainfall. Other activities will look at creating features to intercept and slow surface water running off fields. Volunteers will be helping to gather photographic evidence of how the habitat structures we install are working.

How you can help

Local residents and volunteers will be invited to help with evidence gathering to monitor the success of the projects interventions. There will also be opportunities to get involved in the long term maintenance of the project. Please contact volunteering@ywt.org.uk for more information.

Funders and Partners

The Derwent Villages NFM project is funded by the Environment Agency but has received significant help from the Yorkshire Derwent Catchment Partnership, particularly North Yorkshire County Council.

Leaky dam at Derwent Villages Nature Reserve

A leaky dam at the reserve, designed to allow water to flow underneath but slow larger flood events.

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