Farmers across Somerset are being invited to bid in the UK’s first countywide auction for works to help stop flooding. The auction will be run online from February 26 - March 12 at www.nfmauction.org.uk.
Farmers in the Tone and Parrett catchments within Somerset are urged to bid for natural flood management works as part of the award-winning Hills to Levels project.
The video that helped Hills to Levels win the UK River Prize 2018.
Eye-opening and impressive. Somerset's landscape filmed from the sky, to show natural flood management works like ponds in context.
Pioneering work to slow the flow of water from the Quantock Hills down to the Somerset Levels is being funded by Somerset Rivers Authority. The project is partly a reaction to three unusually intense, localised storms that washed away around 1,200 tonnes of soil and gravel.
See how part of an old silted-up channel has been dug out to allow huge amounts of floodwater to be stored in a field, as it used to be, off the River Isle near Donyatt.
See works to re-connect a river with its floodplain, which will help to prevent flooding on the Somerset Levels. With Joanna Uglow of FWAG and engineer James Hector.
See rock rolls installed on the River Isle to prevent erosion and stop soil from the riverbank causing problems downstream. The video's presented by Joanna Uglow of FWAG SW.
In times of flood, it helps to store water higher up in river catchments. Leaky ponds hold water back, then release it safely.
See 6,000 trees planted to help soak up groundwater and prevent excessive run-off. SRA chairman John Osman, landowner Lord Cameron and land management expert Ben Thorne all feature in this video filmed near Ilminster.