Natural Flood Management project begins

The installation of flood management techniques has been completed around the county as part of the Worcestershire Natural Flood Management project.
A structure at Beesmoor Brook
Published Friday, 14th June 2019

The installation of flood management techniques has been completed around the county as part of the Worcestershire Natural Flood Management project.

Throughout spring 2019, nine large structures were installed along a stretch of Beesmoor Brook and seven along Merry Brook. Each structure is made of locally sourced tree trunks which interact with the water to slow the flow and decrease water travelling downstream.

The structures will reduce flooding in communities, develop wetland areas for biodiversity and habitat formation and increase quality of water.

Councillor Tony Miller, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for the Environment at Worcestershire County Council said: “The Natural Flood Management project is a great way for us to reduce the effect on flooding in local areas. The work has been completed on Beesmoor Brook, Charlton Abbotts and Merry Brook, Charlton so far and we have a number of installations still to complete around the county.”

Five catchments which have been identified to benefit from NFM interventions are: Dowles Brook in Wyre forest, Barbourne Brook in Worcester City, Badsey Brook, Merry Brook and the River Isbourne.

The Worcestershire Natural Flood Management project has been allocated £500,000 by DEFRA for completion by March 2021.