Help to deliver natural flood management (NFM) in Calderdale
Calderdale farmers and landowners now have a new opportunity to help deliver natural flood management (NFM) and contribute to flood mitigation and alleviation. NFM techniques can contribute to holding more water in the land, temporarily storing more water and slowing the flow of water across the land.
As part of the Calderdale flood action plan currently being delivered, Calderdale Council has been working with the Environment Agency and the SOURCE partnership with support from the Woodland Trust on a new grant scheme to help deliver NFM measures. Initially £200,000 is being released by the Environment Agency and Calderdale Council to support delivery of NFM interventions.
The scheme launched on Wednesday 9 May and initial applications need to be with Calderdale Council by Wednesday 20 June. Grants will pay for the cost of the measures installed and cover some of the future maintenance costs.
The application form and supporting information detail the type of measures which will be funded. You can also download a grant calculator to help you work out the costs of your proposed scheme.
The Environment Agency and Moors for the Future are also launching wider guidance for Calderdale farmers on a range of techniques which landowners can use on their land to help store rainwater and slow surface water release to local streams, rivers and canals. Please click here to view this.
A number of local partners working with the SOURCE partnership including Treesponsibility, Slow the Flow and South Pennines Facilitation Fund are able to help farmers and landowners survey their land and determine what measures may be suitable.
It is hoped that a successful pilot grant scheme will be repeated later this year. For any enquiries regarding the grant process please contact NFM@calderdale.gov.uk.