Members from ICG visited Chris Uttley, who is responsible for implementing Natural Flood Management (NFM) techniques in the Stroud Valley. This NFM project has been active since 2012 setting a clear precedent that we can follow.
Stroud have published a series of six case studies that illustrate the natural flood management work they are undertaking in the catchment of the Stroud River Frome in Gloucestershire. They have now worked with a wide range of farmers, private land owners, woodland owners and partners to install over 280 different structures on 18km of headwater stream. Approximately 21% of the catchment area now discharges through natural flood management features located primarily in the headwaters.
The case studies are a selection of their work sites in the Stroud Frome catchment, chosen to be representative of private and NGO ownership, a mixture of woodland & farmland and different techniques and construction processes. They describe the Natural flood Management works, the reasons for them, how they were carried out and by whom, the consents required and the indicative costs.