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Natural Flood Management meeting for land managers

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We are holding a meeting for land managers to discuss natural flood management techniques on 29th March, 12.30pm, at Belwade Farm (Aboyne). Experts in using these techniques will present their experiences from work in other UK river systems. To book please email Penny Lawson or call 01479 870519 by 17th March (including any dietary or other requirements).


Natural flood management (NFM) uses natural means to slow the flow of water through river catchments. Commonly used techniques include woodland planting, temporary field storage, floodplain reconnection, and river channel restoration. Together these could contribute to reduced localised flooding and have benefits for soil protection and biodiversity.

Dee Catchment Partnership is working to encourage and support the use of NFM techniques on Deeside, using a collaborative approach will bring wider benefits to all. We are running a meeting for land managers which will give an opportunity to 1) learn more about NFM from those with practical experience of developing and using these techniques; 2) hear about funding and other resources available to support NFM; and 3) share views on how Deeside could benefit from this approach.


  • An introduction to Natural Flood Management techniques (James Hutton Institute).
  • Best practice in action – Tweed catchment case study (Tweed Forum).
  • Funding and other resources (SAC consulting).
  • Planning and delivery on Deeside (mapping, knowledge base, demonstration sites) (Dee Catchment Partnership).
  • Discussion session to help guide how the work goes forward.

Date: 29 March 2017

Time: 12.30pm (lunch) – 4pm (close)

Location: Belwade Farm, Aboyne, AB34 5BJ  – 1.5 miles east of Aboyne on the A93 (follow brown signs for World Horse Welfare)