Hebden Bridge Town Hall Rain Garden Planter Celebrations – a great party!

A huge thank you to everyone who has been involved in designing, building, funding, or coming along to the launch event for, the rain garden planters at Hebden Bridge Town Hall. It has been a fantastic team effort, and we had a great day for the launch event on Friday June 29th – with, ironically, not a drop of rain!

 

Councillor Carol Stow, the Mayor of Hebden Royd Town Council, officially ‘opened’ the planters (with her ceremonial watering can), and we thank the talented young people from Calder Valley Youth Theatre and Hebden Bridge Junior Band, for providing us with an afternoon of excellent entertainment.

 

The planters will remain in the courtyard at the Town Hall for the foreseeable future, and we will be monitoring them carefully, using our bespoke system to (hopefully) bring you some scientific findings about just how much they help to slow the flow of storm water. In a rainfall event, water from the downpipes is taken through the soil/plants, before making its way more slowly back into the drainage system.

 

In heavy rainfall/flood events, many urban SuDS interventions can help to reduce flood levels. In particular, these types of systems can help to reduce the impact of overflow from Calderdale’s combined surface & foul sewers. This reduces the risk of contaminated flood water entering our homes and rivers.

 

This project was developed and built in collaboration with a fantastic team, including the Calder Rivers TrustHebden Bridge Community AssociationGreen Future Building2B Landscape Consultancy Ltd, Calder Valley Clean UpThe Basement Project – and kindly funded by the Postcode Local Trust.

 

It now features on our shiny new ‘case studies’ page: http://slowtheflow.net/urban-suds-case-study-hebden-bridge-town-hall-courtyard-rain-garden-planters/ Do have an explore of them all, and if you have a project that you would like to share with us as a case study, please visit http://slowtheflow.net/case-study-submissions/

 

It is easy to feel complacent in this beautiful summer of hot, dry weather – but heavy rainfall now could easily result in surface water flooding, as hard, dry ground sheds water more easily to the drains. For inspiration on the many ways to help Slow The Flow in urban areas, please visit our ‘You Can Slow The Flow’ pages: http://slowtheflow.net/you-can-slow-the-flow/

Robin and Pennine Prospects

Species list for Hebden Bridge Town Hall Courtyard Rain Garden

See more information on the Hebden Bridge Town Hall – Courtyard Rain Garden Planters here.

Acer palmatum ‘Katsura’Japanese mapleSmall tree
Ajuga reptens ‘Chocolate Chip’Carpet buglePerennial
Alchemilla mollisLady’s mantlePerennial
Anemanthele lessonianaNew Zealand wind grassGrass
Astilbe japonica ‘Etna’False goat’s beardPerennial
Astilbe x arendsii ‘Diamant’False goat’s beardPerennial
Astrantia ‘Roma’Astrantia ‘Roma’Perennial
Bergenia ‘Abendglut’Evening glowPerennial
Brunnera macrophylla ‘Silver heart’Siberian buglossPerennial
Cirsium rivulare ‘Altropurpureaum’Plume thistlePerennial
Deschampsia cespitosaTufted hair grassGrass
Dryopteris offinis  ‘Pinderi’Golden shield fernFern
Dryopteris sieboldiAsian wood fernFern
Hackoneckla macra ‘All Gold’Japanese forest grassGrass
Helleborus varietiesLenten rosePerennial
Hesperantha coccinea ‘Professor Barnard’Flag lilyPerennial
Heuchera ‘marmalade’Alum rootPerennial
Iris sibirica ‘Dreaming Yellow’IrisPerennial
Liriope muscari ‘Big Blue’Big blue lilyturfPerennial
Liriope muscari ‘Okina’Frosted monkey grassPerennial
Miscanthus sinensis ‘little miss’Eulalia GrassGrass
Oenothera fructicosa ‘Fyrverkei’Evening primrosePerennial
Pulmonaria ‘Sissinghurst White’LungwortPerennial
X Heucherella ‘Spotlight’Coral bells crossed with FoamflowerPerennial
Allim tuberosumGarlic ChivesHerb
Foeniculum vulgareFennelHerb
Foeniculum vulgareBronze fennelHerb
Origanum vulgare ‘Aureum’Golden MarjoramHerb
Salvia officinalis ‘Purpurascens’Purple SageHerb
Thymus x citriodorusLemon ThymeHerb
Satureja montanaWinter savouryHerb
Origanum vulgareOreganoHerb
Artemisia dracunculusTarragonHerb

To find out more about how YOU can help to Slow The Flow, go here.

Hebden Bridge Town Hall Rain Garden Planters – Launch Party Friday 29th June

When?
FRIDAY 29TH JUNE 15:30 – 18:30

Where?
Hebden Bridge Town Hall Café / Courtyard

What’s happening?
Planters will be opened by Mayor of Hebden Royd, Cllr Carol Stow

Entertainment including:
Calder Valley Youth Theatre 4pm // Hebden Bridge Junior Band 5pm

Friendly faces will answer your questions, and free information will be available about how the planters help to slow the flow of flood water, the importance of riverside biodiversity, and how you can help by building your own.
FREE light refreshments will be available.

The Town Hall Courtyard planters project is a collaborative community venture, funded by a grant from the Postcode Local Trust. It is part of a wider initiative to help us all understand how urban sustainable drainage (SuDS) can play a part in flood alleviation.

For more detail on how to Slow The Flow: At Home / At Work / At School / Public Spaces click here

Feel free to download, print and share the flyer here.

June 2018 – An update on “Slow the Flow Calderdale” Projects

Most people who live and work in the Calder Valley will now have heard of Slow The Flow Calderdale and the work we are doing to reduce the likelihood of flooding, especially if your house or business is at risk of being flooded.  Indeed, our reach and influence now permeates throughout the UK – we have connections with communities, academics and organisations involved in Natural Flood Management (NFM). 

Natural Flood Management will not prevent or reduce flooding on its own, but neither do we wish to rely solely on hard engineered schemes, which tend to push the problem downstream rather than addressing the cause.  There has to be a holistic approach to flood management using every method available from natural processes to the traditional engineered schemes we have seen throughout the UK.  NFM can be a cost effective way of reducing flood risk, and often provides additional Green Infrastructure benefits such as biodiversity, air quality, aesthetic value, and mental health. It is projects like ours which are helping to build an evidence base to demonstrate that natural methods can work effectively to reduce flood risk. 

Communities who are at risk of flooding cannot rely on central government and their agencies to tackle this ever increasing and expensive issue and as such we must all play our own small part.  Our projects demonstrate how small interventions can be adopted on a local level by householders and landowners and not just by local authorities and government agencies. 

Since 2016, Slow The Flow Calderdale has been developing various projects to contribute to the reduction of flood risk in the Calder Valley.  The lessons we are learning will benefit us all around the UK and beyond.  Here is an overview of them all. 

A Pilot Natural Flood Management Project in Hardcastle Crags, Hebden Bridge

This was our first project and came about as a result of the river surveys we conducted throughout the Calder Valley in 2016.  These surveys, using our growing number of extremely dedicated volunteers, enabled us to identify areas which could be used to slow the flow of rain water as it made its way off the hillsides into the river network. We walked miles of our rivers detailing the features of Hebden Water, Crimsworth Dean, and others from Todmorden through to Mytholmroyd.  These surveys were physically enduring at times but it gave us an intimate understanding of the river network which the agencies responsible for flood prevention had never had previously.  

The river surveys  gave us the knowledge and insight to prepare a report on the land at Hardcastle Crags owned by The National Trust who.  The report was accepted by the Environment Agency who subsequently funded the work we now carry out building NFM interventions such as leaky woody dams in Hardcastle Crags.  To date, we have built over 160 leaky woody Dams in Hardcastle Crags using our teams of dedicated volunteers and working with The National Trust as part of their forestry plan. The project also involves thinning of the woodland as part of the longer term woodland management plan.  This will encourage a stronger and healthier understorey of plants and young trees which increases the roughness and slows the flow and also reduces sediment erosion.  

We have also welcomed corporate groups from the Environment Agency and Calderdale Council and others as well as our regular and growing number of volunteers who work with us twice a month.  Throughout the Summer, we will also be working with Hebden Bridge Cubs to help them with their badges as they help us build even more leaky woody dams. Additionally more corporate groups are planned throughout the year.  

If your company would like to get involved, please email secretary@slowtheflow.net with your details. 

For more info on this project at Hardcastle Crags, click here  for more info.

Calderdale Natural Flood Management Grant Fund

Slow The Flow along with The Source Partnership and South Pennine Facilitation Fund, Calderdale Council and The Environment Agency have recently launched the NFM Grant Fund. 

Calderdale farmers and landowners now have a new opportunity to help deliver natural flood management and contribute to flood mitigation and alleviation.  As part of the Calderdale flood action plan currently being delivered, Calderdale Council has been working with the Environment Agency and The Source Partnership with support from the Woodland Trust on this new grant scheme.  Initially £200,000 is being released by the Environment Agency and Calderdale Council to support delivery of NFM interventions. Slow The Flow was instrumental in putting this new scheme together and we continue to work on its implementation with our partners agencies. 
 
The scheme launched on Wednesday 9 May and initial applications need to be with Calderdale Council by Wednesday 20 June. Grants will pay for the cost of the measures installed and cover some of the future maintenance costs.

If you are a landowner who owns land in the Calder Valley and you think you could contribute to NFM, more information can be found here – http://eyeoncalderdale.com/nfm-grant-scheme

River level monitoring in the Calder Valley

Along the Calder Valley, there are currently only 8 river level monitoring stations from Todmorden to Sowerby Bridge.  More info here on the current monitors in Calderdale.

Along with our partners The Flood Network and The Environment Agency, we are installing more river level monitors and engaging with local residents to develop this network of river level monitors. To date we have six monitors at Hebden Water and Crimsworth Dean Beck which measure the river levels and use LoRaWan technology to relay these results back to a central hub for communities to see how our rivers respond to heavy rainfall.

These new river level monitors will serve two purposes. Firstly, they allow the public to view the river state at times of heavy rainfall and secondly they will allow Slow The Flow to measure and demonstrate the efficacy of the natural flood management interventions that are proposed and currently being implemented in the Upper Calder Valley.

More here on this.

Slow the Flow Calderdale have also been awarded a grant from the Community Foundation for Calderdale to execute a youth project focusing around our river level monitoring activities. As a pilot to the project, Slow The Flow are holding a short course on river flooding and Natural Flood Management which will also cover river level monitoring techniques which we are proposing to roll out across the Upper Calder catchment.

You Can Slow The Flow! Encouraging urban Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS)

Everybody living or working in the Calder Valley can make small changes to slow the flow of stormwater in their own homes, at work, school or in public places. 

Many small interventions, to slow run-off, could result in a significant amount of water being temporarily stored during storm events in our urban areas.

This will help to reduce peak flows (see the storm hydrograph above) which, together with catchment management and traditional flood defences, would contribute to reducing the scale and damaging effects of flood events.

SuDS NFM principles Section Diagram

Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) mimic the natural cycle of water management, by retaining water where it lands instead of shedding it quickly to drains and watercourses, which can lead to flooding. 

Lots of useful ideas and schemes can be found here either at home, work, school or in public places. 

As a result of global warming, it is clear that our climate is changing resulting in ever changing weather patterns from floods to drought.  It is also clear that the money required to pay for hard engineered schemes will continually be stretched so it is up to us as a community to originate and develop ideas to reduce the likelihood and impact of flooding events. 

Summary

Slow The Flow Calderdale have been incredibly busy since our formation in 2016, and our workload shows no sign of abating.  In fact, we are busier now than even on the various challenges we have set ourselves. We all remain unpaid in the management of Slow The Flow and rely continuously on the very hard work and dedication of our amazing group of volunteers who range in age from 10 to over 70.

We are very lucky to have the significant support of our partner agencies and thank them for the help and assistance they provide to the people of the Calder Valley in reducing flood risk.  Much of this work by them often goes unrewarded at times but if we continue to work together, we can all make a difference and reduce the likelihood of flooding throughout the UK.

If you can help in any of the schemes above, please do get in touch with us.

If you live in other parts of the UK and think that your community can benefit from NFM, then our website www.slowtheflow.net is a good place to start to develop your own schemes.

For more information or to get involved, please contact secretary@slowtheflow.net

A short course for young people on local natural flood management – Week commencing 18th June

Volunteering in Hardcastle Cargs

18th May 2018

A SHORT COURSE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE ON LOCAL NATURAL FLOOD MANAGEMENT – Week commencing 18th June

Slow the Flow Calderdale have been awarded a grant from the Community Foundation for Calderdale to execute a youth project focusing around our river level monitoring activities. As a pilot to the project, Slow The Flow are holding a short course on river flooding and Natural Flood Management which will also cover river level monitoring techniques which we are proposing to roll out across the Upper Calder catchment.

The course is suitable for 15 to 19 year olds, those who are either currently studying or interested in studying Geography, Geology/Earth science, Environmental Science or Civil Engineering at degree level and for anyone else who is interested in this ever increasingly popular area of Natural Flood Management.

The short course will take place over three days starting on Monday 18 June. It will include some classroom work, a field trip along Colden Water followed by practical experience building leaky woody dams in Hardcastle Crags. A shorter briefing of the subject material may be arranged for Saturday 23 June for those unable to attend during the week.

The purpose of the field trip is to determine the best locations to install river level monitors and the students will be actively engaged in this process. Once the monitors are installed around the catchment, these will join those already available for viewing by the general public in real time over the internet, available here

There is a technical flavour to the proposed roll-out of the course with the opportunity to build river monitors use Raspberry Pi computers and “LoRaWAN” to transfer the data using the “Internet of Things”. This is intended to broaden the appeal of associated learning opportunities to those looking to study Electronics/Electrical Engineering, the Internet of Things or IT and how these subjects fit around the natural environment.

These river level monitors will serve two purposes. Firstly, they allow the public to view the river state at times of heavy rainfall and secondly they will allow Slow The Flow to measure and demonstrate the efficacy of the natural flood management interventions that are proposed and currently being implemented in the Upper Calder Valley.

Emma Woods-Bolger Assistant Director of the Community Foundation for Calderdale said:

“Big Lottery Fund and Department of Culture, Media & Sport are each investing £20 million seed funding over four years to create the #iwill fund. Locally the Community Foundation for Calderdale, are acting as match funders and are awarding grants on behalf of the #iwill fund.

The #iwill campaign aims to increase participation in youth social action by 50% by 2020. This includes activities such as campaigning, fundraising and volunteering, all of which create a double-benefit – to communities and young people themselves.

The #iwill campaign aims to increase participation in youth social action by 50% by 2020. This includes activities such as campaigning, fundraising and volunteering, all of which create a double-benefit – to communities and young people themselves”.

Stuart Bradshaw from Slow The Flow Calderdale said:

“Here is an opportunity for young people to learn more about causes of devastating floods and how to build resilience into their communities. We are really excited to be able to facilitate this course for young people in the Calder Valley and to see the next generation of scientists & engineers develop their skills in Natural Flood Management”

Cllr Barry Collins, Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development, said:

“This is a great opportunity for young people to learn about this fast-growing area of flood risk management and the amazing work that Slow the Flow is doing in the Calder Valley.

The Calderdale Flood Action Plan recognises the many benefits of using natural flood management alongside other methods such as engineered flood defences and we are excited to see Slow the Flow pioneering the use of data to develop NFM knowledge and improve understanding of its impacts.”

If you are a student studying for A Levels or have a general interest in the Environment or design and technology or you work with students who are studying these subjects and would like to get involved, please email secretary@slowtheflow.net to reserve your place.

Places are completely free thanks to the grant from the Community Foundation for Calderdale but spaces are limited so applications will be received on a first come, first served basis.

For more information on Slow The Flow Calderdale, contact us here 

GDPR

PRIVACY NOTICE

A generic Privacy Notice, explaining GDPR and its implications, has been created as follows.  

From 25th May 2018, Slow The Flow Calderdale will be complying with the General Data Protection Regulation to ensure that the personal data you have supplied us with remains secure and is handled properly.

As technology develops and data sharing becomes more common, data protection is becoming more and more important. That’s why new legislation known as GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) is being enforced on the 25th May. This will replace the existing Data Protection Act.

We want to ensure that you are fully aware of the changes that GDPR will bring, and to update you regarding how Slow The Flow Calderdale will use any data you provide us with.

What is GDPR and why do we need it?

There are two key reasons why GDPR is being introduced – to bring all EU member states under one common regulation, and to update regulations to reflect our new digital age.

In the UK, companies are still following the 1998 Data Protection Act to ensure the safety of people’s data. But technology and data sharing has developed a lot since 1998. This means that the current regulation may not be entirely suitable for the needs of consumers and the types of technology we’re seeing today. GDPR will replace the Data Protection Act to better protect our data from breaches and hacks.

What data does it protect?

GDPR aims to protect any personal data a company holds about you – including your name, address, email address and images.

How will it affect UK businesses?

Essentially, GDPR will affect everyone in all 28 EU member states, from businesses big and small, to customers and consumers. It will still apply after Brexit.

When it comes to implementing GDPR, the biggest changes will be seen by businesses rather than consumers, since they’re the ones who will have to adjust the way they handle data to align with the new legislation.

How will GDPR affect me?

While businesses will have to make changes to their data policies in preparation for the new regulations, consumers don’t have to do anything in particular to prepare.

However, GDPR also gives you a number of ‘rights’ when it comes to your data, including:

The right to be informed – you have a right to know how your data will be used by a company.

The right to access your personal data – you can ask any company to share with you the data they have about you!

The right to rectification – this just means you can update your data if it’s inaccurate or if something is missing.

The right to erasure – this means that you have the right to request that a company deletes any personal data they have about you. There are some exceptions, for example, some information can be held by employers and ex-employers for legal reasons.

The right to restrict processing – if you think there’s something wrong with the data being held about you, or you aren’t sure a company is complying to rules, you can restrict any further use of your data until the problem is resolved.

The right to data portability – this means that if you ask, companies will have to share your data with you in a way that can be read digitally – such as a pdf.

The right to object – you can object to the ways your data is being used. This should make it easier to avoid unwanted marketing communications and spam from third parties.

Consent – Sometimes we need your consent to use your personal information (for example, to send you e mails about Slow The Flow Calderdale developments and events). We won’t always need consent to use personal information – for example if we need it to meet regulatory requirements or perform a contract with you such as becoming a member. Where you have given consent, you have the right to withdraw at any time.

Your rights

You have the right to object to how we process your personal information. You also have the right to access, correct, sometimes delete and restrict the personal information we use. In addition, you have a right to complain to us and to the data protection regulator.

If you have any queries on GDPR and how data will be handled, please don’t hesitate to contact us by e-mail at secretary@slowtheflow.net

Volunteering Guidance (including Health and Safety)

1.  General Volunteering Guidance

 For the safety of yourself and all volunteers, please read and comply with the following rules;

Slow The Flow can work in unpredictable environments and in all sorts of terrains and weather. While Slow the Flow Calderdale will take all reasonable care for your welfare, you are also responsible for your own wellbeing and safety and you must not take unnecessary risks whilst working as a

  • Volunteers must work in small groups of two or 3 people and not in isolation at any
  • You must NEVER enter a moving watercourse under any
  • If you notice a dangerous situation or environment, it is your responsibility to report it immediately to a Slow the Flow Calderdale Management Group member who will identify themselves at the beginning of each volunteer day.
  • All tools must be used in accordance with their You will be advised at the beginning of each volunteer session how to use these tools. You must use them responsibly and make every effort to return them to us at the end of each volunteer session. If you are unsure how to use a tool, please ask a member of the Management Group.
  • Children under the age of 18 must be supervised at all times by their parents or guardians and appropriate measures must be taken to ensure their safety at all
  • The Management Group may advise that sharp tools are not to be used by children under
  • You must inform us of any illness or impairment prior to any volunteer session so we can ensure your
  • Heavy lifting is a large part of the work we If you are unable to lift heavy objects, you must inform us at the start of a volunteer session.
  • All injuries must be reported to a member of the Management Group.

2.  Health Hazards in Conservation & Flood Alleviation Work

 Conservation/flood alleviation work carried out by Slow The Flow Calderdale is not usually a particularly hazardous activity. However, it does increase the risk of exposure to a few nasty illnesses, in particular Tetanus, Weil’s disease and Lyme disease.

Some of the plants we work with also present unusual hazards. Working in the outdoors can expose volunteers to environmental challenges rain, sleet, sun etc.

A member of the Management Group will point out the hazardous species / substances on the site but there are some generally sensible precautions which can be taken to minimise the small chances of suffering from any problems as follows:

You should:

 Make sure your tetanus immunisation is up to

  • Cover cuts and grazes with a waterproof dressing before you start
  • Wear appropriate protection from the
  • Wash your hands before
  • If you suffer from flu-like symptoms shortly after working in water, you should go to your GP for

 

3.  SlowTheFlow: Calderdale Health and Safety Policy

 The Management Group has overall responsibility for health and safety in the organisation, and for ensuring that it fulfils all its legal responsibilities, but day to day responsibility for ensuring this policy is put into practice is delegated to Task Leaders.

 The Management Group is committed to ensuring that all its activities are safe and it will do whatever it can to provide for the health, safety and welfare of all volunteers ensuring that risks to volunteers are minimised at all times.

Slow The Flow Calderdale will observe the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (“HASAWA”) and all relevant regulations and codes of practice made under it.

This policy will be reviewed periodically by the Management Group.

 

a. Responsibilities

The Management Group member responsible for the implementation and monitoring of health and safety policies and recommending changes where necessary is The Policy Officer.

All accidents or unsafe incidents will be investigated by the Policy Officer on behalf of the Management Group as soon as possible and then to be reported to the Management Group at the next meeting.

Task Leader is responsible for

  • Assessing the risk to the health and safety of, volunteers and identifying what measures are needed to comply with its health and safety obligations;
  • Ensuring that venues or vehicles used for trips are safe and without risk to health including safe ways of entering and leaving;
  • Ensuring that equipment is safe and well maintained;
  • Providing information, instruction, training and supervision to volunteers in safe working methods and procedures as required;
  • Encouraging volunteers to co-operate in ensuring safe and healthy conditions and systems by effective joint consultation
  • Establishing emergency procedures as required;

 

b. Volunteers’ Responsibilities

 All volunteers will ensure that:

  • They are aware of the contents of this safety policy
  • They comply with this policy
  • They take care of themselves and others who may be affected by their actions or omissions
  • They will report all accidents, or unsafe situations, and any near misses (things which could have led to an accident), to the Task Leader or a member of the Management Group member at
  • They record accidents or near misses at work in the accident book kept by the Event Team Leader
  • They are aware of all fire procedures for the area in which they are working
  • If they identify anything which they think could be in any way unsafe, they will report it.

c. Risk Assessments

 Joey Williams is the Policy Officer and will ensure that all premises and tasks are assessed in line with the current relevant legislation. If Joey Williams is unavailable, then any present member of the Management Group can act in this capacity.

Assessments will be repeated when there is a:

  • Trip or event to organise
  • Change in legislation
  • Change of premises
  • Significant change in work carried out
  • Transfer to new technology
  • Or any other reason which makes original assessment not valid.

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c. Training

 To comply with legislation and to promote the health, safety and welfare of volunteers’ health and safety training will be provided as follows:

  • At inductions
  • On the introduction of new technology
  • When changes are made to venues
  • When training needs are identified during risk

 

e. Resolving health and safety problems

 Any volunteer with a health and safety concern must first tell the responsible Event Team Leader.

If, after investigation, the problem is not corrected in a reasonable time, or the Task Leader decides that no action is required but the

volunteer is not satisfied with this, the volunteer may then refer the matter to the Management Group. This must be in writing.

If the volunteer is still dissatisfied, the matter will be entered on the agenda for the next meeting of the Management Group.

All policy documents are held on the website – www.slowtheflow.net

Annual General Meeting and Film Showing of “High Water Common Ground” – 12th April

The Annual General Meeting and film showing of “High Water Common Ground” on Thursday 12th April at 7.00pm at The Waterfront Hall, Hebden Bridge Town Hall, Hebden Bridge. Directions here.

On Thursday 12th April, Slow The Flow: Calderdale will be holding its first public meeting of 2018 which will consist of its AGM followed by a showing of “High Water Common Ground”, a film about flooding and what we can do now to reduce the risk of flooding here and throughout the UK… made by filmmaker Andy Clark.

To book your FREE tickets, follow the link here

Slow The Flow: Calderdale have had an amazing year. Well over 100 volunteers have installed nearly 150 leaky woody dams at Hardcastle Crags and have also raised over £15,000 including donations from the Yorkshire Tough Mudder event in July.

Slow The Flow: Calderdale have also won 2 major awards:

The SWIG Award for the “Best Project in 2017” and the Calderdale Community Foundation “Great & Green” Award.

Slow The Flow: Calderdale are currently in negotiation to secure further funding to develop more sites in Calderdale to install leaky woody dams and other attenuation schemes.

Please come and help Slow The Flow: Calderdale celebrate their achievements and also see an exclusive screening of the amazing film “High Water Common Ground”.

Agenda

7.00 pm – Welcomes and introductions. Financial report and election of officers.

7.30 pm – Overview of Slow The Flow projects carried out in 2017 and plans & projects for 2018.

8.00 pm – Showing of film “High Water Common Ground” introduced by film maker Mr. Andy Clark. “High Water Common Ground” was filmed over two years and features inspirational speakers with a national perspective! More info here

9.15 pm – Questions & AOB.

9.30 pm – Finish and retire to the pub.

Refreshments will be provided. We look forward to seeing you at 7pm on Thursday 12th April at Hebden Bridge Town Hall.

Please register here to reserve your FREE place.