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200,000 Trees to be Planted to Cut Calder Valley Flood Risk

February 24, 2017 |

This article was originally published on The Yorkshire Post

“Hundreds of thousands of trees will be planted as part of a long-term plan aimed at reducing flood risk in the Calder Valley – which was devastated by the storms of December 2015.

Yorkshire Water has announced its long term Natural Flood Management plan for the Calder Valley which will start with a plan to plant up to 200,000 trees in the next few years. The moors above Gorpley reservoir, between Todmorden and Bacup, has been identified as a site where tree planting can begin.

A 60 hectare area of ” species-poor grassland” will be planted with 3,000 trees per hectare by local community groups. A spokesman said other flood management measures will also be implemented on these moors over the next five to 10 years, including restoring sphagnum moss on 43 hectares of blanket bog – a move which he said will help absorb and slow down rainwater run-off…”

Read on at: The Yorkshire Post.

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