The Herefordshire Wye and Lugg Natural Flood Management (NFM) project is one of 24 catchment scale projects funded by the recent £15m DEFRA allocation for NFM projects in England (funding secured until 31 March 2021). It is one of four catchment scale projects in the Environment Agency West Midlands area together with three community scale NFM projects. The project has four main objectives: Reduce flood risk to local communities; Gather evidence and develop our knowledge around NFM where there are currently gaps; Engage communities around NFM and develop partnerships; and Deliver wider benefits, e.g. water quality, enhanced biodiversity, socio economic benefits.
The Brimfield Brook catchment has been identified as one of the seven priority sub-catchments within this project and Herefordshire Council will therefore be working to help reduce flooding using Natural Flood Management. To help delivery in the Brimfield Brook catchment the Severn Rivers Trust have employed a Catchment Advisor, who will be engaging with landowners within the Brimfield Brook Catchment and advising them on ways in which they can use natural processes to help ‘slow the flow’ of water.
In order to get the Brimfield Brook communities involved with the Herefordshire Natural Flood Management project, Hereford are planning a ‘project launch’ meeting. The meeting will be held at 6:30 pm on Wednesday 28th November at Brimfield Village Hall (Event flyer can be accessed here) and all are welcome to attend.