Funding from The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development has been awarded to the South West Peak Landscape Partnership to support the new Upstream Thinking project and also complements funding from The National Lottery Heritage Fund. Upstream Thinking draws on the experience of farmers and local landowners to improve water quality by increasing understanding, capital investment and natural flood management in the South West Peak. By supporting sustainable upstream land management, far-reaching water quality improvements will be achieved.
Upstream Thinking includes a range of work such as producing farm water & soil plans to help reduce diffuse pollution, removing non-native invasive species and creating new habitats.The project is also working to restore habitats like wet heath and blanket bog which retain a large amount of water and act as natural filters to slow the flow of water into local rivers and filter out many impurities. This benefits us all by encouraging natural processes to maintain healthy rivers; and healthy water makes for healthy communities.
For those who are keen to help improve local watercourses there are many opportunities to volunteer and get your hands dirty on the front-line of environmental conservation. The installation of leaky dams (features constructed to slow the flow of water in problem areas), and the targeted removal of invasive species such as Himalayan Balsam are labour intensive and require a group effort.
If you are interested in getting a great workout, meeting interesting people and helping the environment to boot you can learn more and register on our Volunteer page.
Learn more about Upstream Thinking in the South West Peak
Working with natural processes (WWNP) means taking action to manage flood risk by restoring or emulating the natural function of catchments, rivers and floodplains.
The Cheshire hills are home to communities of fungal species which are grassland specialists. These communities can be valuable indicators of ancient grassland. Also, like their grassland habitat, they are threatened by improvement, disturbance, or cessation of management.