Calderdale Council Flood & Environment Newsletter

Funding available for landowners to implement Natural Flood Management
A new round of grants for landowners to implement natural flood management upon their land is now open for applications. Landowners within the boundary shown on the map (which can be found here) are invited to apply for funding to help mitigate flooding by implementing works such as leaky dams, woodland management, and attenuation basins which help slow down water coming off the hillsides.

Previous rounds of this grant scheme have so far funded over 25,000 cubic metres of attenuation and 12,000 new trees across Calderdale. The grants can include an engineer’s time to design the correct intervention for the land in question, as well as payments to maintain it once completed.

The grants can also fund invasive species management, soil aeration and new hedgerows. More information can be found here: Eye On Calderdale – Grants for landowners

Please apply before the 2nd August 2021.

If you are interested in implementing natural flood management on your land elsewhere in Calderdale, please get in touch by emailing: NFM@Calderdale.gov.uk

New online game launched to teach Yorkshire children about preparing for flooding
Yorkshire Flood Resilience has launched a new online game aimed at children aged between seven and eleven years to help them understand the importance of preparing for flooding.

Called ‘Flood Alert!’, the fun but informative game will teach children about property flood resilience measures and their benefits, explaining the important role they play in protecting people’s homes from flooding and how they can speed up the recovery process when flooding does occur, enabling people to move back in more quickly.

‘Flood Alert!’ is one of an extensive range of free tools and resources on the Yorkshire Flood Resilience website. The website also features a wealth of free information and resources aimed at homes owners, as well as business owners and landlords.

To view and play the game, visit: https://yorkshirefloodresilience.co.uk/tools-resources/learning-zone

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Natural Flood Management Questionnaire
Do you live in Calderdale? As part of research looking into natural flood management in Calderdale, the University of Leeds would like to hear from local residents. Please click below for more information and to participate.
The questionnaire will take between 10 to 30 minutes to complete depending on how you choose to answer the questions.
Eye On Calderdale – Natural Flood Management in Calderdale questionnaire
Changing the World starts at College
From Monday 6th September, the Climate Challenge College is running a free, sixth-month, entry-level sustainability taster course, the first of its kind for further education in England. This course will equip the students with the skills and knowledge to help secure and develop green careers needed for a zero carbon Britain and to tackle the climate crisis.

Based in the Todmorden College building – run by the pioneering community society the Todmorden Learning Centre and Community Hub – there is a large workshop space where students will experiment and learn about sustainable building and renewable energy, and develop their repair and reuse skills with experts and professionals in green trades. There is a dedicated growing space in Longfield, Todmorden, where students will put into practice regenerative farming techniques and agroecological approaches to environmental land management, including NFM.

The Climate Challenge College team are keen to develop relationships with organisations in the area that are working in land management and NFM to explore the potential for jobs, training or apprenticeships following their course. They would love to hear from you to discuss potential volunteering and site visits for their students. Please email the team at climatecollege@tlchub.org.uk to have a chat.

What are Invasive Species and how you can help stop the spread
Invasive non-native species sound like something out of a horror film. Once introduced, they can damage not only the environment but also to our health and the economy. Yorkshire Water’s Lead Ecologist Rachel Naden and Alex Green (INNS & Biosecurity Officer for Yorkshire Wildlife Trust) are here to tell us what we can do to stop the spread: https://www.youtube.com/watch?app=desktop&v=ZHCLBwxUAjw
#BeMoorAware
The recent fire at Marsden Moor remains fresh in the mind of everyone involved, from our firefighters who worked incredibly hard to put the fires out and the local communities who were disrupted.

Moorland and wildfires can be started in a number of ways. Sadly, many fires in the countryside are started deliberately, however, some can break out by people being careless with barbecues, campfires or not disposing of cigarettes properly.
Our message is strong and clear – never have a barbecue or campfire on the moors or start a fire deliberately, wherever you are in the countryside.

Many people think it’s just the flame from a barbecue that sets the moorland on fire, but it’s actually the heat from the disposable barbecue that often sets peat and dry moorland alight.

Each year wildfire destroys thousands of hectares of our countryside, having significant effects on the local economy and environment. Burnt moorland is less able to slow water flow, which leads to increased flooding risk after rainfall.

Public Space Protection Orders are in place in Calderdale, Bradford and Kirklees, banning fires and barbecues across the moors. Please #BeMoorAware

Video launch to highlight work to make sure NFM is most effective 
A highlight of the Yorkshire Integrated Catchment Solutions Programme’s (iCASP) annual Confluence event was the launch of a film to explain the Calderdale Natural Flood Management (NFM) Project set in Hardcastle Crags.

Representatives from the University of Leeds, the National Trust, Calderdale Council, the Environment Agency and, Slow the Flow feature in the film, which is now available on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5vUDDfx2wWs

It shows how a modelling tool has been developed to help partners develop a better understanding of the impact of land management on flooding, provide evidence for a more strategic approach to NFM and help set priorities for future funding. Over 100 delegates took part in the plenary event and a recording and the presentations are available: https://icasp.org.uk/resources-and-publications/confluence-resources/confluence-2021-resources/

A workshop will be held in the Autumn for the Calderdale NFM operational group to discuss the findings of the project and share some user-friendly factsheets and NFM opportunity maps to help land managers and flood risk advisers make well-informed decisions about their flood risk interventions. Here is a link to the factsheets: https://icasp.org.uk/resources-and-publications/calderdale-natural-flood-management-project-resources/

How you can help raise awareness about Invasive Non-Native Species in Calderdale
Let’s go big! Wider, more joined-up working will help to remove large problem areas of invasive species.It’s easy to get involved – you can download the five INNS graphics that we have created here to use on social media and you can download the new INNS poster here. Alternatively, if you would like to request physical copies of the poster, please email lauren.barber@calderdale.gov.uk.

Remember to use #InvasiveSpecies #KnowAboutKnotweed #StopTheSpread #CheckCleanDry #BalsamBashing and #BashTheBalsam

How to use iRecord
Once again, we are calling on the people of Calderdale to help tackle Himalayan Balsam from your backyard and neighbourhood. You can also report sightings of invasive species by downloading the iRecord App for free. Here is a useful guide on how to use the iRecord app to submit records for invasive species. More information about this app can also be found on the iRecord webpage.

The reason why invasive species control is an important part of reducing flood risk is because the invasive plants out-compete native species, particularly along riverbanks. Where Himalayan Balsam and Japanese Knotweed grow in dense stands along riverbanks, they can impede flow at times of high rainfall, increasing the likelihood of flooding. Dieback of extensive stands over winter can leave riverbanks bare and exposed to erosion.

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