Defra gives Thames21 Natural Flood Management projects £200,000 boost

Flood management

Harrow is one of four London boroughs to have received a part of £200,000 from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affaris (DEFRA) for a new Natural Flood Management project.

London’s leading waterways charity – Thames 21 - and partner organisations Brunel University, Thames Chase Trust and the London councils Enfield, Hillingdon and Harrow have developed the projects, which aim to reduce flood risk while improving the rivers for both people and wildlife. 

The four projects are Two Headwater tributaries of the Silkstream (Harrow), Salmons Brook (Enfield), River Pinn Park Wood (Hillingdon),and Rise Park Stream (Havering). 

The projects will be supported by a PhD hosted by Brunel University, which aims to guide the work through modelling and monitoring the benefits, thereby contributing to the national Natural Flood Management agenda. Each project will work closely with local volunteers and communities to develop the scope of works. 

Each of the projects has been granted £50,000 from DEFRA’s Natural Flood Management Communities funding, with match funding coming from Local Authorities and other sources. Overall, the Government has committed £15 million to Natural Flood Management funding nationwide.