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Catchment Management

Help slow the flow in the Calder valley

We're beginning innovative work on improving flood resilience in the Calder Valley and we need your help!

We announced our long term Natural Flood Management plans for Gorpley reservoir, above Todmorden, last year (see the press release here) and we committed to helping the area with the aim to plant and manage more woodland to ensure our region is a greener, healthier and better place for people and wildlife.

The innovative method we’re using, in partnership with Treesponsibility and White Rose Forest, is just one of the ways we’re supporting the efforts. Alongside the tree planting, we’ll be restoring 43 hectares of blanket bog and making environmental improvements, such as leaky dams to slow the flow, on the remaining 60 hectares of land around the reservoir.

We’ve started planting already and we need your help. High above Gorpley reservoir, situated between Todmorden and Bacup, we’ve begun the first phase of tree planting. This is the first small step though, and we’ve committed to support this project through the transformation of the landscape around Gorpley to help slow the flow of water through the Calder Valley.

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Would you like to get stuck in and spend a day in the brilliant Yorkshire countryside doing your bit for the environment? If so, you can get involved with our Natural Flood Management initiatives, please fill out the form below and our community partner Treesponsibility be in touch.

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