News, presentations and site visits

News

National News & TV 

Horticulture Week article suggesting increased tree cover as a method for reducing flooding, January 2016.

Guardian news feature on ‘Working with Nature’ didn’t save Pickering from the floods – it just didn’t rain that much’ January 2016

Independent newspaper article ‘UK flooding: how a Yorkshire town worked with nature to stay dry’ January 2016 

Sky News feature on winter storms and flooding on 6 January 2014

BBC TV News story on 16 January 2014 on ‘Back to Nature Flood Schemes’

Major feature in BBC 1 Bang Goes the Theory science programme (Episode 6) on Flooding, broadcast on 14 April 2014.

Regional News & TV 

Minster FM News discussion about the project on its completion. September 2015

ITV Tyne and Tees ‘Pickering flood defences hailed as ideal model

BBC News feature on Defra funding for Phase II of the project  19 May 2011

BBC News feature on the increased cost of the flood storage scheme  9 June 2011

BBC News feature on review of flood storage scheme at Pickering 14 June 2011

BBC news feature on funding for flood resilience  2 May 2012

BBC News feature on proposed flood storage scheme at Pickering 10 Jan 2013 

BBC News feature on approval of flood storage bund at Pickering 17 May 2013

ITV News features on Pickering flood defence scheme 4 June 2014

ITV News features on the start of flood defence works at Pickering 7 Jan 2014 

BBC News feature on weather delaying completion of flood storage scheme in Pickering  24 October 2014

National Radio 

BBC Radio 4, discussion of the Slowing the Flow at Pickering Project in relation to flooding in the north of England in January 2016.  January 2016.

Radio Four Today Programme interview on 16 January 2014 with the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management on ‘Back to Nature Flood Schemes’

Local Radio

Various interviews on BBC Radio York linked to some of the above news articles, including on 28 December 2011, 27 November 2012, 6 December 2012, 10 January 2013, 11 January 2013, 4 June 2013 and 7 January 2014

Regional Press

News & Star (West Cumbria), article explaining the Slow the Flow project and suggesting natural flood management as one way of reducing flooding, January 2016.

Yorkshire Post

Fury as flood defence project halted because of rising cost ...  9 Jun 2011

Simple concept needed to stop town flooding - Yorkshire Post  19 Oct 2011

Single solution to a double problem - Yorkshire Post  29 Oct 2011

Another anti-flood scheme weakened by cuts - Yorkshire Post  9 Nov 2011

Region gets cash for anti-flood work - Yorkshire Post 15 Nov 2011

Roman remains spark delay concerns over flood protection ...  19 Jan 2012

Last piece in jigsaw for 'green' scheme to cut flooding misery ...  1 Jan 2014

Woodland dam trials to stem the floods - Yorkshire Post  8 Feb 2014

The Press (Rydale News)

How can trees stem flooding? 1 April 2011

1m flood plan for Pickering backed.  29 April 2011 

Pickering flood defence plan is called off.  9 June 2011

New flood plan ideas mooted for Pickering.  31 August 2011

Back to nature for flood protection.  14 September 2011

All talk and no action to prevent town floods.  7 October 2011

New plans unveiled to combat flooding in Pickering.  11 November 2011

120k funding for North Yorkshire flood prevention work.  16 November 2011

Floods chaos in Ryedale.  28 November 2012

Reflections on the best and worst and hopes for 2013.  25 December 2012

Town's new 2m flood defences get the go ahead.  4 June 2013

Concerns raised over Pickering flood scheme work.  31 July 2013

Work begins on Pickerings 2m flood defence scheme.  8 January 2014

Partnerships nee to be forged to deal with all the flooding.  5 March 2014

2m Pickering flood defence scheme almost complete.  13 August 2014

Local Press

Gazette and Herald

How trees can stem flooding.  1 April 2011

1m floods plan for Pickering backed.  29 April 2011

Pickering flood defence is called off.  9 June 2011

New flood plan ideas mooted for Pickering.  31 August 2011

Back to nature for flood protection.  14 September 2011

All talk and no action to prevent town floods.  7 October 2011

120k funding for North Yorkshire flood prevention work.  16 November 2011

Town's new 2m flood defences get the go ahead.  4 June 2013

Concerns raised over Pickering flood scheme work.  31 July 2013

Work begins on Pickering's 2m flood defence scheme.  8 January 2014

Malting and Pickering Mercury 

Trees aim to slow the flow - Malton and Pickering Mercury.  6 April 2011

Extra cash for flood protection - Malton and Pickering Mercury  29 May 2011

Flood scheme talks underway - Malton and Pickering Mercury  22 Jun 2011

Battle to slow the flood flow - Malton and Pickering Mercury  1 July 2011

Flood work carrying on - Malton and Pickering Mercury  17 Aug 2011

Flood defence plans on show - Malton and Pickering Mercury  1 Feb 2013

Flood scheme's £230k boost - Malton and Pickering Mercury  18 Feb 2013

Farmer says that drainage is the way to halt flooding - Malton and ...  28 Mar 2013

Flood defence scheme given green light - Malton and Pickering ...  4 June 2013

Path leads way through iconic landmark - Malton and Pickering ...  23 Dec 2013

Work to begin on key flood defence scheme - Malton and Pickering ...  31 Dec 2013

Flood defences on village's wish list - Malton and Pickering Mercury  25 Jan 2014

Slow the Flow project needs extra £40k - Malton and Pickering ... 28 May 2014

Slowing the Flow update - Malton and Pickering Mercury  17 July 2014

'Red letter day' for flood defences - Malton and Pickering Mercury  17 Sep 2014

Trade press, journals etc


Paper on ‘Slowing the Flow: the Role of Woodland in the Water Agenda’ by Vince Carter in Proceedings of People, Landscape and Cultural Environment (PLACE) Conference on the Future of the uplands – prospects for northern England, held in York on 12 October 2013.

Article on ‘Catching the Flood’ by Vince Carter for the spring 2014 edition of the Institute of Chartered Foresters Chartered Forester magazine (pp14-16).

Article on ‘Can we plant our way out of flooding’ by Nick Odoni for the spring/summer 2014 edition of Tree News (pp19-21).

Article on ‘Using trees to slow the flow’ in the Spring 2014 edition of Forest Research News.

Feature article in the Moors Messenger on ‘Slowing the Flow’, May 2014.

Plus a number of: project briefing papers and newsletters; case study notes for various external projects, including the Ecosystems Knowledge Network, CEH led WaterR2B national database, a Best Practice Guide on Payments for Ecosystem Services, and for the Royal Society Report ‘Resilience to extreme weather’; contribution to a Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology POSTNOTE on ‘Catchment-wide flood management’ (No 484, December 2014); answering a range of Parliamentary Questions; submitting a project response to the EA Consultation on their approach to designating large raised reservoirs as high risk; and contribution to a joint project ‘Key findings’ paper from the Manchester University 2014 Symposium (see below).

Presentations given and events attended 

Presentation on ‘Slowing the Flow at Pickering’ to a Forest Research Seminar in Farnham on 8 April 2011

Presentation on lessons learned from the project to a Sibthorp Trust Seminar on the Ecosystems Approach at Cirencester on 14-15 April 2011

Presentation on project governance to a SNIFFER Natural Flood Management Workshop in Edinburgh on 19 October 2011

Attended a Natural Flood Management seminar at the Houses of Parliament on 17 January 2012

Presentation on project results to the SNIFFER Flood Risk Management Conference 2012 in Edinburgh on 9 February 2012

Attended the Ecosystems Knowledge and Learning Forum in Birmingham on 13 February 2012

Presentation on ‘Forestry and flood alleviation in the Vale of Pickering: A case study’ to the Royal Forestry Society Conference at Stoneleigh on 24 April 2012

Presentation on ‘Woodlands for water: Projects and Payments’ to a Forestry Commission seminar on Payments for Ecosystem Services in Edinburgh on 19 June 2012

Presentation on ‘Slowing the Flow at Pickering: A Project Overview’ at a Defra project workshop at the National Trust’s Holnicote Estate in Somerset on 17-18 October 2012

Held a community engagement day for local community in Pickering on 25 January 2013.

Presentation on ‘Slowing the Flow at Pickering: A Project Overview’ at a Natural Flood Management workshop in Edinburgh on 19 February 2013

Attended launch of the British Ecological Society’s Centenary Report ‘It never rains but it pours’ at the Palace of Westminster on 25 June 2013

Presentations on ‘How woodland can contribute to flood risk management – the evidence’ to three regional ‘Woodland and Flood Risk Management workshops’ run for the Environment Agency in York on 5 July 2013, Exeter on 5 March 2014 and Nottingham on 7 March 2014

Attended Defra/EA Natural Processes R&D workshop in Sheffield on 24 September 2013

Presentation on ‘Woodland for Water and Slowing the Flow at Pickering’ at the People, Landscape and Cultural Environment of Yorkshire (PLACE) Annual Conference in York on 12 October 2013

Presentation on ‘Slowing the Flow at Pickering – Helping to Reduce Flood Risk’ at a Nature Improvement Area Best Practice Event ‘People, Place and the Economy’ in Northampton on 26 February 2014

Presentation on ‘Slowing the Flow – A Hydrological Analysis of Natural Flood Management Measures in the Pickering Beck Catchment, North Yorkshire’ at the River Restoration Centre Annual Conference on 7 May 2014

Presentations on ‘Slowing the Flow at Pickering – Have we made a difference’ and ‘Slowing the Flow at Pickering – Lessons learned and spreading the word’ to Manchester University Symposium on 14-15 May 2014

Presentation on ‘The impacts of woodland and woody debris on flood risk management’ to the Rivers Trust Natural Flood Management Seminar at Newton Rigg on 11 June 2014

Presentation on ‘Slowing the Flow at Pickering – Using Woodland to reduce flood risk’ to the Arun & Rother Ecosystem Services Conference in Brighton on 24 June 2014

Attended launch of the Royal Society Report ‘Resilience to extreme weather’ at the Royal Society in London on 3 December 2014

Presentation on ‘Slowing the Flow through catchment management’ to an Institution of Civil Engineers webinar on 16 January 2015

Presentation on ‘The role of woodland in natural flood management’ to a Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management regional meeting in York on 26 February 2015

Presentation on ‘Woodland for Water’ to the MoorLIFE conference in Halifax on 3 March 2015

Site visits hosted

The Secretary of State for the Environment and Defra Chief Scientist on 19 May 2011

The Holnicote project management group on 26 October 2011

The Independent Panel on Forestry on 6 December 2011

The Institution of Chartered Engineers Reservoir Safety Review Group on 16 January 2012

The Defra Permanent Secretary on 8 June 2012

Local Town Councillors on 24 August 2012

Reporter from Radio York on 10 January 2013

The North East and Yorkshire and The Humber Forestry Commission Regional Advisory Committees on 26 June 2013

The Natural England Chairman on 23 September 2013

The Woodland Trust on 2 October 2013

Local partners and media to the launch of the flood storage bund scheme on 7 January 2014

The Royal Society on 7 January 2014

The BBC on 29 January 2014 and 11 February 2014

Bishop Burton College on 21 March 2014

The Ryedale Land Drainage Group on 23 June 2014

A group of Local Authorities on 27 February 2015

Shipston Area Flood Action Group on 10-11 March 2015