Natural Flood Management
Natural Flood Management (NFM) is the use of naturally occurring landscape features, processes, and materials to increase water storage in the landscape, helping to slow the flow of water and reduce the impact of flooding. This type of management is particularly suited to upland areas which experience frequent flash flooding that can be hugely damaging to land and communities in the valley bottoms, as well as areas further downstream of the catchment.
Some NFM techniques include pond and wet scrape creation, riparian tree planting, river restoration and floodplain reconnection, and leaky dams. All these techniques can coexist with farming when planned for the right place on the farm, producing benefits for the soil, wildlife and the farm business.
For further information please see the NFM handbook for farmers: https://thefloodhub.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/North-West-NFM-handbook.pdf
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