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24 August 2023

Tackling Climate Change with Floodplain Enhancement

The Living Floodplains project aims to reinstate natural river processes to create more natural and resilient landscapes to deal with the pressures of pollution, flooding, and climate change.  This recent project with the Staffordshire Wildlife Trust involved river and floodplain habitat enhancements near Claymills Victorian Pumping Station, including the creation of backwaters, ponds, scrapes and re-profiling works.   These were delivered in a site which is already a haven for wildlife and ecology, lying in the River Dove and the River Trent confluence.  Such a sensitive site, comprising a mixture of unmanaged habitats across the floodplain: wet woodland, reedbed and grassland, required careful delivery to minimise environmental impact.  The Living Floodplains project aims to reinstate natural river processes to create more natural and resilient landscapes to deal with the pressures of pollution, flooding, and climate change. This recent project with the Staffordshire Wildlife Trust involved river and floodplain habitat enhancements near Claymills Victorian Pumping Station, including the creation of backwaters, ponds, scrapes and re-profiling works. These were delivered in a site which is already a haven for wildlife and ecology, lying in the River Dove and the River Trent confluence. Such a sensitive site, comprising a mixture of unmanaged habitats across the floodplain: wet woodland, reedbed and grassland, required careful delivery to minimise environmental impact.