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Appeal for flood scheme planting volunteers

Published: 25 October 2019

We are appealing for volunteers to help with tree planting around a new flood reduction scheme in the High Peak.


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Flood prevention scheme above New Mills.

Working in partnership with the Environment Agency (EA) and environmental organisation Mersey Forest, we have just completed a project to help lessen the risk of flooding at a New Mills stream.

Now we are asking volunteers to step forward to help plant 1,000 trees along the banks of the stream which will soak up excess water.

The flood reduction scheme has been put in place to protect properties around the Hidebank and Low Leighton areas of New Mills which were flooded when a stream running down from Ollersett Moor overflowed in 2016.

On the moor high above New Mills strips of timber and willow have now been planted across several stretches of the stream, around a mile from where the houses flooded. This is designed to slow the stream’s flow and hold back the volume if water levels rise.

Over time – about 10 to 15 years – the timbers will rot and the willow will mature and knit together to provide a solid, natural dam. The scheme – paid for by the EA – cost £25,000.

Councillor Simon Spencer, our Cabinet Member for Highways, Transport and Infrastructure, said:

“This is the first time we have been involved in this sort of scheme. The benefit of this project is that it is environmentally-friendly, effective and low cost.

“To strengthen this initiative further trees will now be planted to help absorb excess water and I’d encourage local people to get involved to help protect their local community.”

Get tickets for the tree planting which will take place on Sunday 1 December 2019.

You can also email richard.ward@derbyshire.gov.uk or tel: 01629 535487.