Natural Flood Management Workshop for farmers and land managers

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On the 29th of March, we ran a successful workshop for farmers and land managers on Natural Flood Management. Over 40 people joined us to learn about techniques that work with the natural landscape to slow and store the flow of flood waters. 

We had presentations from:

  • Mark Wilkinson from the James Hutton Institute, supplyed us with examples of in-field measures.
  • Hugh Chalmers from the Tweed Forum provided us with an overview of the extensive schemes developed on the Tweed.
  • Paul Chapman from SAC consulting informed us of the funding available and delivery mechanisms
  • Susan Cooksley from the Dee Catchment Partnership discussed opportunity mapping and the development of local demonstration sites
  • Will Boyd-Wallis chaired an interesting discussion addressing local issues, concerns and enthusiasm

Hugh Chalmers from the Tweed Forum kindly brought his catchment models for us to have a play with. These provide an example of a catchment where water flows quickly off the land, where the emphasis is on drainage and straight field lines. The other model incorporates some of the Natural Flood Management techniques, with more trees, field bunds, and open floodplains and displays the water flowing through the valley at a slower rate. It was interesting to see the comparison of the two catchments and the realisation that how we manage the land, can have big impacts.

The next stage in Deeside is to complete our mapping exercise to identify where Natural Flood Management techniques would be best placed and then ground truth these, by going out to speak to farmers and land managers, gathering local expertise and experience. 

 

Associated Projects:

Aquarius : farmers as water managers

Aberdeenshire Council | Macaulay Institute

Project Status: Completed

Aberdeenshire Council and the Macaulay Institute are starting a new project – ‘Aquarius’ - that will work with farmers and land managers to look at ways in which water quantity might be best managed under current and future climate change. The focus of the project is the Tarland Basin and the project will support the development of the Tarland Flood Prevention Scheme. 

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Natural Flood Management

CNPA / James Hutton Institute / FCS / Forest Research

Project Status: Current

We are developing a range of techniques that use natural or semi natural engineering methods to slow the flow of water through the river system. These range from large scale tree planting in the uplands, attenuation features in agricultural areas and green infrastructure in urban areas.

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Raising awareness

Dee Catchment Partnership

Project Status: Current

Raising awareness of key issues affecting the catchment is central to our work. Our activities range from talks and discussions to local groups to working with schools on Dee-related education programmes.

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  • c/o James Hutton Institute, Craigiebuckler, Aberdeen AB15 8QH
  • T: 01224 395141
  • E: info@theriverdee.org