The Prince of Wales visited the innovative Slowing the Flow flood defence project around Pickering and Sinnington on Wednesday 17 February. The scheme, which was completed in 2015, received widespread coverage following flooding across Yorkshire in December 2015 and January 2016.
The Prince of Wales was briefed at Cropton Forest and at Newbridge in Newtondale by Jeremy Walker, chair of the project. Dr Tom Nisbet from the Forestry Commission explained forestry measures while walking along Sutherland Beck to look at leaky wood debris dams and a large timber bund which help to protect Sinnington from flooding a few miles downstream.
At Newbridge on Pickering Beck The Prince of Wales crossed the North York Moors Railway line to view the flood storage site. He then moved on to the dam structure which forces high river flow out onto the flood plain. This helps to reduce flood risk in Pickering.
Mr Walker said:
'All the local bodies and agencies involved in the Slowing the Flow Partnership were delighted to welcome The Prince of Wales to the project. The very wet conditions made it possible to see some of the measures working as they were designed to do. The Prince was very interested in the work we are doing.
‘There has been immense interest in the project we have undertaken to help protect Pickering and Sinnington. It was always intended to be largely a demonstration project so it is to be hoped that many of the lessons we have learned and methods we have adopted can now be tried out elsewhere.’
Notes to Editor
1. The Slowing the Flow project is designed to reduce the risk of flooding to local homes and businesses by working on the upstream flow of the Pickering Beck and River Seven using natural solutions.
2. Photo caption: The Prince of Wales meets representatives of the Slowing the Flow project including the Forestry Commission, North York Moors National Park and Environment Agency.
3. Photo credit: Tony Bartholomew/NYMNP
4. Slowing the Flow contact: Jeremy Walker, Chair, telephone 07817 939252
5. Forestry Commission media contact: Laleh Hobbs, telephone 07557 613496