The Culm Enhancement Project funded four pilot projects with interventions designed to make a notable difference to water quality, flood alleviation and biodiversity – without conflicting with existing agri-environment scheme support.
Working to a short, three-month timeframe, the project delivered sustainable drainage systems and water resource protection measures across four rural sites, under different ownerships.
In total, the project funded:
- 1,790 metres of watercourse stock fencing, incorporating six wooden gates.
- Three livestock crossing-points and two drinking points made using stone.
- Six natural flood management features, in the form of ‘leaky’ debris dams.
- A small area of willow and alder planting.
The aim of these pilot projects is to build support and provide evidence for a larger project, Connecting the Culm, that will work with communities and landowners to adapt to climate change and provide a more holistic approach in line with Defra’s 25-Year Environment Plan.