Greno Woods Natural Flood Management.
About the charity
Our aims are to protect and conserve wildlife and its habitats, to connect local people with the natural world and educate in the principles of conservation and biodiversity.
How the £10,000 grant will help
The grant will fund Natural Flood Management (NFM) works in Greno Woods, an extensive site of Ancient Woodland occupying high ground north of Sheffield. NFM is a method of reducing the danger of flooding in times of heavy rainfall; an increasing risk of climate change. Heavy rain can overwhelm the streams which normally carry away excess water, causing flooding to occur lower down in the valleys.
A series of occasional ponds will be dug which will store excess water in times of heavy rain until the natural water system is able to cope with it. Leaky dams built into the watercourses will hold back excess rainwater and release it more gradually into the streams to prevent them from becoming overwhelmed. NFM is 100% natural, more effective than more intrusive modern methods of flood mitigation and will potentially benefit everyone who lives and works in the valley below.
Wildlife will benefit too. The ponds and dams will provide habitats for amphibians: frogs, toads and newts, and woodland ponds help insect populations to thrive, thus providing food for Greno Woods' abundant birds and bats.
Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust exists to conserve and protect wildlife and habitats and to connect and inform local people in conservation and biodiversity. We are looking forward to carrying out this Natural Flood Management work in Greno Woods. It is a cost effective, natural, wildlife-friendly approach to mitigating a flood risk which climate change looks set to increase in the years to come.