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Second stage of £83k Nottinghamshire flood management scheme set to start near Lowdham this week


By Abigail Hunt


The second stage of a Nottinghamshire flood management scheme is set this start this week.

Phase two of the £83,000 Natural Flood Management (NFM) project will help reduce flooding to the communities of Lowdham and Lambley.

It is part of a £15m national programme that delivers flood risk reduction and environmental enhancements.

Cocker Beck (16418413)
Cocker Beck (16418413)

The Environment Agency has teamed up with Trent Rivers Trust and Nottinghamshire County Council on a project that is set to reduce flood risk to more than 170 properties.

"This scheme will allow us to manage flood risk using innovative solutions that are sustainable and cost-effective," said Paul Lockhart, Environment Agency area flood and costal risk manager.

"As part of the project, we will be looking at how the measures are contributing to flood-risk reduction."

The ongoing monitoring of the first phase found NFM schemes are working and revealed the success of 45 flood reduction measures that had been put in place.

These measures ­— leaky barriers, field corner bunds and tree planting ­— will work to slow and intercept the flow of water going into the Cocker Beck stream.

Barriers will also help to trap sediment to improve the water quality downstream.

Kim Jennings, senior catchment manager at Trent Rivers Trust said the project will help to make Lowdham more resilient to flooding.

She said: "This next phase of implementations will bring multiple advantages, creating habitat, reducing sediments entering the Cocker Beck and adding more flood reduction measures to benefit the villages of Lambley and Lowdham."

The project which has benefited from £77,000 of Government funding, and is expected to be completed by October 2019.

Chairman of the communities and place committee at the county council, John Cottee said the team of agencies has been protecting properties from flood devastation.

"Natural Flood Management is now recognised as a more sustainable approach to reducing flood risk and it also delivers lots of other environmental benefits too," he said.

"It is great that we are working in partnership with local land owners, Trent Rivers Trust and the Environment Agency, to deliver this scheme."

Monitoring will continue until 2021 using fixed cameras, the measurement of water levels and water quality upstream and downstream.

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