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£500k to stop flooding the natural way

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DERBYSHIRE Wildlife Trust has been awarded a grant of more than £500,000 from the Government’s second round of the Green Recovery Challenge Fund, which it plans to spend on natural flood alleviatio­n measures.

The trust is one of 90 nature projects to receive a grant from the £40 million pot, aimed at creating and retaining more than 2,500 green jobs.

Alongside the trust’s Derwent Connection­s project, which is creating woodland alongside the River Derwent, the money will be used to undertake flood-risk modelling.

Trust leaders plan to work with local communitie­s to introduce nature-based solutions to flooding, such as woodland creation and hedgerow planting.

While those measures start to take effect, the project will deliver speedier interventi­ons, such as the constructi­on of leaky woody dams in woodlands and on open ground, particular­ly in the uplands.

Matt Buckler, Head of Wilder Landscapes, said: “We’re in the middle of a nature crisis and climate crisis. In order to see real change we need at least 33% of our landscapes to be restored and reconnecte­d for nature. We also need as many people as possible to know that it is important and how to help.”

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