FULL! WORKSHOP: Natural Flood Management. How to build a large woody dam! February 27th 2018

Tuesday 27 February 2018

Are you a landowner, land agent, farmer or regulator, curious about large woody dams, or natural flood management in general?

Cumbria Woodlands have teamed up with West Cumbria Rivers Trust and the Forestry Commission to provide a workshop on how to build a large woody dam. We will learn from Huw Thomas of Forest Research about the theory in the morning, and get in the river in the afternoon with our contractor, Matt Eaves, to look at three different installations. The workshop will be held near Allonby, West Cumbria.

We will cover:

  • Site choice and appraisal according to objectives
  • Demonstration of building techniques
  • Getting permissions
  • Technical specifications
  • Estimating volume of water storage and discharge capacity
  • Locating structures
  • Avoiding erosion
  • Ensuring migratory fish passage
  • Inspection and maintenance
  • Longevity
  • Liability challenges

£25 Places are limited, so please drop us a line asap info@cumbriawoodlands.co.uk if you'd like to book!

Here's more info about our trainer, Huw Thomas:

Huw conducts research into Natural Flood Management and to educate and promote the use of NFM as an alternative and sustainable approach to flood alleviation. Huw’s roles include applying hydrological and 1D/2D hydraulic river models to assess the effect of NFM on flooding and the contribution of woodland to flood alleviation.

Huw is exploring field-based methods of measuring how catchment, riparian and floodplain woodland can contribute to flood risk reduction. He works alongside colleagues to deliver Forest Research’s GIS-based approach of Opportunity Mapping to identify opportunities for woodland planting and other natural flood management measures.

He has developed strong links with a number of floodplain woodland/river restoration schemes and has helped establish and advise on a number of catchment-based NFM projects in the UK.

Check out our complete list of forthcoming events.