Our £1.7 million Leeds City Region Growth Deal investment into the Growing Resilience Natural Flood Management programme will introduce a range of practical measures to mimic natural flood protection, slowing the flow of water before it reaches urban areas downstream.
Works are now on site at multiple locations in the Upper Aire, Colne and Calder river catchments, including sites in the Wessenden Valley (Kirklees), as well as Gorpley Reservoir and Hardcastle Crags (Calderdale).
In addition to providing long-term benefits for urban centres downstream – including helping to reduce the risk of flooding to around 3,000 homes and more than 1000 businesses – the programme will also support biodiversity and boost local recreation and tourism schemes.
The programme was developed by the White Rose Forest Partnership in close co-ordination with local authorities, the Environment Agency and the Aire and Calder Catchment Partnerships.
Delivery of the works in the Upper Aire catchment are being led by the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, and the National Trust is the lead agency for the works to the Colne and Calder catchments. Yorkshire Water and the Woodland Trust are all playing key roles in delivery.
Project status: Delivery
Start and End Dates: Autumn 2018- March 2021