Thanks to everyone who attended the AGM at the Abbeyfields Community Centre in Winchcombe. Our supporters from across the catchment included the surrounding villages and farms from Winchcombe all the way down to Sedgeberrow.
The high turnout demonstrated the natural flood management (NFM) catchment concept is beginning to be fully embedded and the attendance by local parishes, districts, county and statutory agencies as well as other interested parties was very reassuring. The AGM was dominated by positive news:
Our affiliation to the Carrant Brook scheme, a wetland restoration project to improve habitats and reduce water and silt run-off which is led by farmers and landowners supported by the Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group (FWAG).
Our recent land owner event hosted at Sudeley Castle with owners from Charlton Abbotts, Dumbleton, Stanway, Sudeley and Winchcombe promoting NFM and Countryside Stewardship and our ongoing work at Toddington Estates.
A comprehensive report from Brian Smith of the Environment Agency explaining the complexities of funding, but critically that the ICG will secure a significant proportion of the £500k allocated to Worcestershire.
Chris Utley from Stroud gave a presentation on the positive work that he has carried out in conjunction with land owners in the Stroud Valleys, supported by photographic and graphical based evidence on the impact and reduced flooding potential An expert panel assembled to answer questions posed by the audience.
Finally, there was a plea from the group for more committee members to join us to help maintain the current momentum and support the project officer due in post early in the New Year.
The minutes from meeting are attached here.