An excellent result for the Thames region with DEFRA announcing the successful bids to millions of pounds of funding for Natural Flood Management (NFM) whilst at the SuDS in Sutton Schools project.
Well done to all the Rivers Trusts who will now be enabled to deliver a range of NFM schemes within the catchment.
Thames has the most projects (12) in the £1.6m ‘Community Scheme’ with South East Rivers Trust’s SuDS in Sutton School being one of them. TRT seed funded SERT for this multi-benefit project with £25k through our Thames Restoration Fund.
Thames has three projects funded from the £14m ‘Catchment Scale NFM Programme’ which has also been announced. The Evenlode NFM Demonstration Catchment (seed funded £25k by our Thames Restoration Fund grant to Cotswolds Rivers Trust) is reconnecting the River Evenlode to the floodplain.
DEFRA Floods Minister Therese Coffey and EA Chair Emma Howard Boyd for the announcement of the 34 winners of £1.6m for community scale NFM projects visited SERT’s SSS; which aims to reduce flood risk to approximately 100 properties in Hackbridge as well as inspire and educate many school children. To download a summary of SuDS in Sutton Schools click SERT SuDS in Sutton School Brief July 2017 . For more details on NFM and this funding visit our NFM page.
Pictured: Floods Minister Terese Coffey visiting the SiSS project with Chair of the EA Emma Howard Boyd and SERT Director Bella Davies.