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Another Great Year for West Cumbria’s Rivers

Posted: 25/01/22

West Cumbria Rivers Trust has planted more than 10,000 trees and created enough new wetland to cover 28 football pitches in just one year, helping to reduce flood risk and improve local rivers.

The Aviva Community Fund is now open for applications

Posted: 24/01/22

Aviva are pleased to announce that ‘The Aviva Community Fund’ is now open for applications until 1st February 2022.

Carnforth and Torrisholme flood prevention schemes to be considered by council

Posted: 24/01/22

A new report to Lancashire County Council's cabinet reveals details of 10 new projects to tackle problems with flooding in the county, with projects in Carnforth and Torrisholme on the list.

Update on 3 flood projects undertaken after Storm Christoph

Posted: 24/01/22

Warrington Borough Council has provided updates on three projects which have been undertaken to keep residents and businesses safe following the floods in January 2021.

Government unveils plans to restore 300,000 hectares of habitat across England

Posted: 24/01/22

The new schemes will support nature recovery and climate action by rewarding farmers in their local area, alongside sustainable and profitable food production.

Ullswater to get 10,000 new trees to reduce flooding

Posted: 19/01/22

Thousands of trees are to be planted in a Lake District valley in an attempt to reduce flooding and improve habitats for wildlife.

Environment Agency Completes Emergency Flood Works in Cockermouth

Posted: 12/01/22

Emergency works on a river side retaining wall in Cockermouth have been completed, strengthening the existing flood defences during winter.

Construction work to begin at Benson Green and Busher Walk in Kendal as the £76million flood scheme progresses

Posted: 12/01/22

January sees the start of construction of two new sections of the Kendal Flood Risk Management Scheme. The Environment Agency and contractors, Volker Stevin, will begin work at Busher Walk and Benson Green in Kendal with construction works taking around four months to complete.

Construction Works Completed at Clarks in Kendal, part of the £76M Flood Risk Management Scheme

Posted: 21/12/21

Work on the flood defences at Clarks as part the Kendal Flood Risk Management Scheme are now complete. The area now benefits from 114m of flood defences and a new flood wall, as well as a range of community improvements with an area of grassland restored and a seating area reinstated.

Strategic flood risk assessment good practice guide released

Posted: 08/12/21

The Strategic flood risk assessment good practice guide provides practical information and advice for Local Planning Authorities, and others who support them, on how to scope, produce and use strategic flood risk assessments to fulfil national planning policy requirements efficiently and effectively.

A public consultation on Flood Risk Management Plans is now open

Posted: 29/11/21

During the consultation period the Environment Agency want your views on the draft FRMPs. Your views will inform a final set of plans that will set out actions to manage flood risk between 2021-2027.

Ground investigations complete for proposed Bolton flood scheme

Posted: 25/11/21

Ground investigation works for a potential flood scheme in Prestolee and Stoneclough have completed

The Environment Agency launch new flood warning services in Ambleside, Horwich, Blackburn, Crake Valley and Wennington

Posted: 25/11/21

On 24 November 2021 six new flood warning services were launched in Ambleside and Crake Valley (Cumbria), Horwich (Greater Manchester), Blackburn and Wennington (Lancashire).

No time for complacency about flooding

Posted: 23/11/21

Environment Agency urges action as Met Office warns of above average likelihood of a wet winter.

The Flood Hub Community Flood Resilience Week

Posted: 19/11/21

From 29th November – 5th December we are hosting a Community Flood Resilience Week campaign looking at how communities can work together to reduce the impacts of flooding and increase their resilience to it.

North West Regional Flood and Coastal Comittee publishes new business plan

Posted: 18/11/21

The North West Regional Flood and Coastal Committee (RFCC) has been refreshing its business plan to set ambitious and clear priorities from 2022 to 2025

Free course to help businesses enter the growing property flood resilience market

Posted: 15/11/21

Businesses across the Cumbria region are being offered FREE places on an online course run by the Flood Innovation Centre, aimed at helping them to benefit from the opportunities available in the growing property flood resilience sector.

New project to tackle flooding in Reddish Lane, Lymm

Posted: 12/11/21

Residents in Reddish Lane, Lymm who have suffered a long history of flooding incidents are receiving a major boost, thanks to a new project.

Northwich flood defences put to the test ahead of winter

Posted: 05/11/21

The Environment Agency in the North West is preparing for winter with a series of training exercises to make sure they are ready to respond to flood incidents

Environment Agency Hydrometry and Telemetry Summary from heavy rainfall event – 26th to 29th October 2021

Posted: 03/11/21

Heavy and persistent rainfall fell over Cumbria and Lancashire between the 26th and 29th October 2021, significant rainfall totals fell over Central and Western Cumbria in particular. As a result Flood warnings were issued at a number of locations and unfortunately a number of communities and properties were flooded.

Forthcoming Events

Pennine Lancashire Treescapes Project – Tree Planting

Date: 27/01/2022

PLanT is a partnership between Blackburn with Darwen, Burnley, Hyndburn, Pendle and Rossendale Councils, the Ribble Rivers Trust and Prospects Foundation.

Pennine Lancashire Treescapes Project – Tree Planting

Date: 05/02/2022

PLanT is a partnership between Blackburn with Darwen, Burnley, Hyndburn, Pendle and Rossendale Councils, the Ribble Rivers Trust and Prospects Foundation.

Pennine Lancashire Treescapes Project – Tree Planting

Date: 08/02/2022

PLanT is a partnership between Blackburn with Darwen, Burnley, Hyndburn, Pendle and Rossendale Councils, the Ribble Rivers Trust and Prospects Foundation.

Mersey Rivers Trust Fencing and Willow Spiling

Date: 08/02/2022

A day spent at Riverside Park in Macclesfield undertaking fencing and river restoration.

Lancashire Wildlife Trust Christmas Tree Planting

Dates: 09/02/2022, 10/02/2022,

Lancashire Wildlife Trust are hosting their Christmas tree planting event between the 9th and 11th February where volunteers will plant the Christmas trees into the sand dunes along the Fylde Coast. 

Lancashire Wildlife Trust Christmas Tree Planting

Date: 11/02/2022

Lancashire Wildlife Trust are hosting their Christmas tree planting event between the 9th and 11th February where volunteers will plant the Christmas trees into the sand dunes along the Fylde Coast. 

Pennine Lancashire Treescapes Project – Tree Planting

Date: 13/02/2022

PLanT is a partnership between Blackburn with Darwen, Burnley, Hyndburn, Pendle and Rossendale Councils, the Ribble Rivers Trust and Prospects Foundation.

Pennine Lancashire Treescapes Project – Tree Planting

Date: 16/02/2022

PLanT is a partnership between Blackburn with Darwen, Burnley, Hyndburn, Pendle and Rossendale Councils, the Ribble Rivers Trust and Prospects Foundation.

Mersey Rivers Trust Reed/Wildflower Planting

Date: 24/02/2022

A day spent at the newly created wetland areas at Dunham Massey planting reeds and wildflowers.

Pennine Lancashire Treescapes Project – Tree Planting

Date: 25/02/2022

PLanT is a partnership between Blackburn with Darwen, Burnley, Hyndburn, Pendle and Rossendale Councils, the Ribble Rivers Trust and Prospects Foundation.

Mersey Rivers Trust Reed/Wildflower Planting

Date: 01/03/2022

A day spent at the newly created wetland areas at Dunham Massey planting reeds and wildflowers.

Pennine Lancashire Treescapes Project – Tree Planting

Date: 15/03/2022

PLanT is a partnership between Blackburn with Darwen, Burnley, Hyndburn, Pendle and Rossendale Councils, the Ribble Rivers Trust and Prospects Foundation.

Pennine Lancashire Treescapes Project – Tree Planting

Date: 17/03/2022

PLanT is a partnership between Blackburn with Darwen, Burnley, Hyndburn, Pendle and Rossendale Councils, the Ribble Rivers Trust and Prospects Foundation.

Pennine Lancashire Treescapes Project – Tree Planting

Date: 25/03/2022

PLanT is a partnership between Blackburn with Darwen, Burnley, Hyndburn, Pendle and Rossendale Councils, the Ribble Rivers Trust and Prospects Foundation.

Mersey Rivers Trust River Restoration

Date: 13/04/2022

A morning spent at The Carrs Park, Wilmslow undertaking river restoration.

Mersey Rivers Trust Reed Planting

Date: 26/04/2022

A day spent at Dog Wood in Tatton Park planting reeds in a newly created wetland habitat.

Mersey Rivers Trust Riverbank Restoration

Date: 17/05/2022

A day spent carrying out river restoration to control erosion and poaching of the riverbank using natural methods, where we have had great success in doing this in previous years.