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Engage With Loggers to Meet Forestry Ambitions, Wales Told

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Commercial forestry could help Wales meet its woodland goals.

The Welsh government should work with commercial logging interests to help it plant enough trees to meet its woodland strategy, according to a committee of the National Assembly for Wales.

It would help ameliorate the effects of climate change and makes Wales self sufficient in timber production.

£30m Flooding Defence Scheme Announced, Yorkshire

Friday, July 28, 2017

A Yorkshire council has welcomed the Government's announcement of £30m of funding for a major flood defence scheme.

The Calderdale Flood Partnership Board has approved the flood scheme for Mytholmroyd after an investigation by the Environment Agency established it would provide the 'highest possible standard of flood protection for the village'.

The village of Mytholmroyd, which is outside the town of Hebden Bridge, was severely affected by the 2015 Boxing Day floods.

Scientists Devise Method for Valuing Soil's Natural Capital

Friday, July 28, 2017

A framework for developing natural capital accounting for soil has been developed by a team of scientists led by the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH).

The framework, published on 27 July, should help countries establish a monitoring and assessment information system for soil that can inform economic, social and environmental policy. 

Conservation Shown to Reduce Water Runoff from Moorland

Friday, July 28, 2017

Conservation efforts on moorland in the Peak District and South Pennines is helping slow stormwater run-off, raise the water table and increase plant species, according to new research.

Research carried out by the Moors for the Future Partnership and the University of Manchester surveyed 12 years’ worth of data on work to improve the health of the moorlands through the reintroduction of native plants.

Council Agree £6.9m Flooding Scheme

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Dundee city councillors have agreed to spend £6,917,574 on a flood protection scheme.

The scheme will run from Camperdown dock to Dundee Airport; providing flooding protection to the city's new £1billion waterfront area, including the open space at Slessor Gardens.

The work - awarded to Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering - will see the height of the existing sea wall adapted and has been described as giving "a one-in-200-year standard of protection".

Creating a Pioneering Model of River Stewardship

Thursday, July 27, 2017

After the floods in 2007 in Sheffield the Environment Agency undertook a comprehensive programme of works to clear the River Don of tree growth, vegetation and debris. Both eyewitness accounts and subsequent modelling demonstrated the capacity of the channel was significantly compromised by years of under managed tree growth and invasive species growth during the summer months. Work started with significant tree clearance and shoal removal at a site upstream of the city centre.

NFM Projects Announced that are to Receive the £15m Defra Funding

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Schemes announced to receive £15m of natural flood management funding

Environment minister Thérése Coffey has announced details of projects which have been allocated funding for natural flood defences. As part of a drive to roll out innovative techniques to reduce flood risk. 34 community led projects have been named as winners of a £1m government funded competition, the first of its kind, enabling them to realise plans to use landscape features such as ponds, banks, meanders, channels, and trees to store, drain or slow flood water.

PhD Opportunity - Reducing Flood Peaks with Trees

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Reducing Flood Peaks with Trees and Other Nature-Based Methods Across the English Catchment with the Largest Recorded Flood Discharge

The aim of the project is to deliver scientific evidence of the benefits of trees and other measures of 'natural flood management' to flood peak reductions for Lancaster city through a combination of innovative field measurements and a range of modelling techniques.