Community led natural flood management – A celebration of local resilience – Agenda and Speakers

A CELEBRATION OF COMMUNITY RESILIENCE

Saturday 30th & Sunday 31st  March 2019

Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire

  • Resilience : What can communities achieve for themselves on a local scale and a catchment scale?
  • Monitoring : Can small charities make a real difference on the ground and can you prove it?
  • Partnership : How do you work with government agencies, universities and local authorities?

The Calder Valley was dramatically impacted by the floods of Boxing Day in 2015. It affected businesses and our communities but there was also a response: residents asked ‘what can I do?’  Slow the Flow Calderdale was part of that response. We are a small local charity working on natural flood management, promoting SuDS/rain gardens, monitoring and education. We have come a long way in three years and we have learnt many lessons about funding, working with volunteers and developing a relationship with the statutory agencies, local authorities and local landowners. We have a good story to tell – but we don’t have all the answers. We want to share, celebrate and learn your story too.

The mayor of Hebden Royd Council, Dr Carol Stow and Hebden Royd Town Council want to invite fellow councillors, flood wardens, flood groups and other community-based projects from far and wide for two days of talks and site visits in the Calder Valley. We want to celebrate the power of communities in working together in the wake of real loss. There is plenty of accommodation on offer and much to explore. We hope you will be able to join us. Contact us to express an interest and we shall keep you posted (especially through the Slow the Flow Calderdale Facebook page).

Agenda and Speakers

SATURDAY 30th MARCH:

COMMUNITY RESILIENCE CONFERENCE & CELEBRATION

Waterfront Hall, Hebden Bridge Town Hall 10:00 – 16:00

National speakers from the Environment Agency, National Flood Forum and others.

Local speakers: Putting resilience into practice.

Displays and models.

Cost: £ 25 ( includes teas / coffees and lunch)

Mytholmroyd Community Centre Saturday evening Ceilidh: Optional

Cost: £ 10

SUNDAY 31st MARCH:

FILM, EXPERT PANEL, SITE VISITS  

OPTION#1: NATIONAL TRUST ESTATE HARDCASTLE CRAGS –

Site visit and practical work to Hardcastle Crags with Slow the Flow, National Trust & Treesponsibility. Come prepared for the weather and a walk in the woods.

Free

OPTION#2 : HEBDEN BRIDGE PICTURE HOUSE

Hear from the professionals involved in bringing our wonderful Hebden Bridge Picture House back to life.

Watch Andy Clark’s amazing film: ‘High Water Common Ground’

Expert panel (Q&A)

Followed by a guided walk around Hebden Bridge

Donations welcome

Who is supporting us

Hebden Royd Town Council, Calderdale Council, Environment Agency, National Flood Forum, The National Trust,

Contact : secretary@slowtheflow.net

http://slowtheflow.net/

https://www.facebook.com/slowtheflowcalderdale/

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