A new Somerset film called Down by the River premieres in February, with ten free screenings countywide. Each event will also include an entertaining and thought-provoking selection of Somerset archive films. Down by the River is a documentary about the inspiring ways that communities across Somerset have responded to flooding.
14,000 trees are being offered to Somerset landowners and parish councils this winter, as part of a new project called Trees for Water. The initiative is being led by Somerset environmental group Reimagining the Levels, in partnership with Somerset Rivers Authority, the Farming & Wildlife Advisory Group SouthWest and the Woodland Trust.
Volunteers in Ham and Martock have helped to reduce flood risks in and around their villages. For the benefit of people living elsewhere in Somerset, six key figures share lessons they have learned. They point out some of the equipment that can now be used and some of the drainage, flood defence and natural flood management works that have been carried out locally.
Major natural flood management works near Yeovil, funded by Somerset Rivers Authority, help to protect villages, hamlets and roads.