Ashbourne News Telegraph
£500k to stop flooding the natural way
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.”