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18-20 June 2019

Telford International Centre, UK

Russell Rowley

Russell Rowley

Russell Rowley

Manager, Severn Gorge Countryside Trust Speaking On: Day 1 (20th March) Session: Different approaches to partnership working
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  • Farm the flow partnership 

Russell Rowley (Manager SGCT, Founder and Chair of Farm the Flow Partnership) and John Bellis, (Flood Risk Officer, Telford & Wrekin Council and co Founder of Farm the Flow ) will give an overview of Farm the Flow Partnership, established in late 2016. Farm the Flow was established due to the threats to the community, businesses and internationally important cultural heritage of the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site from the rapid response catchment of Lydebrook Dingle. The catchment, though small at 582 hectares, is prone to very rapid flooding, carrying enormous amounts of silt (up to 700 cubic metres in one day!), pulverised fuel ash and coal which is incredibly expensive to remove and a threat to the internationally important invertebrate habitat of wet dingle woodland, as well as to life and property. A strong Partnership has been established of 19 individuals and 7 organisations including the Environment Agency nationally and locally, Natural England, Harper Adams and Wolverhampton Universities and the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust and Hydrologic International. Severn Gorge Countryside Trust has provided both Chair and Secretariat and has begun the process of involving the community with which it has worked closely for 25 years. To date we have carried out detailed silt and pfa chemical analyses, surveyed and designed a hydrological monitoring programme, begun working with catchment landowners and raised substantial funding through DEFRA for Natural Flood Management works. The Farm the Flow project is still in its early stages and we see this as a long term project over at least ten years, but we are not aware of any other post industrial catchment which has such a unique set of challenges.

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