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£4.6m programme will reduce flood risk for around 2,000 properties using power of nature

Rhaglen £4.6m i leihau perygl llifogydd i ryw 2,000 eiddo gan ddefnyddio grym natur

Details of a £4.6m programme to reduce flood risk using nature-based solutions have been published today, delivering towards a Programme for Government commitment (Wednesday, October 25).

The Welsh Government’s Natural Flood Management Accelerator Programme was confirmed via a joint statement between Climate Change Minister Julie James and Minister for Rural Affairs and North Wales, Lesley Griffiths.

The Ministers say the two-year programme follows a Programme for Government commitment to deliver nature-based flood management solutions across all major river catchments.

The programme will help Risk Management Authorities work together with Welsh farmers, landowners and third sector organisations on nature-based solutions that reduce flood risk.

It will fund 23 projects across eight different Risk Management Authorities. It is expected to reduce flood risk for around 2,000 properties.

Climate Change Minister Julie James said: As Wales contends with the growing impacts of climate change and the devastation flooding can inflict, the need to reduce risk to communities now and into the future is more apparent.

“Developing and delivering wider nature-based sustainable solutions to reduce flood risk is critical to protecting and enhancing our environment, homes, and communities.

“Today, we are very pleased to announce the launch of the Natural Flood Management Accelerator Programme.

The programme is a 2-year £4.6 million investment which will further expand our commitment to working collaboratively with Welsh farmers, landowners and third sector organisations across Wales.

“This scheme will build upon our learning from previous successful projects and bring together multiple innovative solutions to develop nature-based solutions through our rural catchments.” 

Minister for Rural Affairs and North Wales, Lesley Griffiths, added: “With the support of farmers, foresters, land managers and food businesses we can develop the rural economy and our natural environment in a sustainable way. This will further enhance our knowledge and experience in delivering co-ordinated collaborative projects within known flood prone areas. Through continued delivery and knowledge gained from schemes like this, we are also reducing instances of pollution, reducing surface water runoff and encouraging new methods to adapting to a changing climate.

We all recognise the need to be more collaborative in our thinking whilst exploring and encouraging new ways of working that will deliver at pace and scale. This investment will allow Risk Management Authorities and local communities to lead on projects and reduce the risk of flooding within their area."

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List of approved projects


Scheme Name

Total Cost

Scheme Summary

Ty Glas


2 Properties flooded recently. Proposed works to alter the points of conveyance at the highway boundary and at the public right of way and to re-locate the channel through the properties further away from the properties and with a more natural form

Nant Hafod Tudor


A system of "cascade damns" woody debris structures above a property with a history flooding. Potential minor benefits to downstream communities

NFM - Brook Cottages, Cwmfelinfach


Project is in early stages. Historic flooding  mainly due to culvert blockage.  Proposed works are for attenuation via pond/s and debris capture via leaky barriers

NFM - Natural Flood Management in Schools project


8 School sites have been identified for SUDS style NFM. Flood and schools teams working together. This will benefit the school but will also potentially reduce flooding to the downstream community.

NFM - Rhymney War Memorial Park


A range of NFM proposed in War Memorial Park to address a regular flooding issue. A concept design has been created including swales and tree planting to manage overland flow.

NFM - Parc Cwm Darren scheme


Additional woodland proposed within the Country park to slow overland flows and reduce flashy nature of the main river risk in Deri. This is considered a learning site and may be extened to other aras of Caerphilly.

Monmouthshire NFM Projects Development and Delivery 2023-25


Follows on from work in NFM Pilot. Includes delivery at 3 sites with postive engagement from landowerns. Project will also include exploration of further opportunities. Work will involved leaky wooden structures, and offline storage. There is also potential for cross slope hedgrows, riparian buffer strips and woodland creation at one of the sites (partly owend by NRW)

The Upper Teme NFM 2 Scheme


Follows on from NFM pilot. Utilises a large range of NFM including leaky damns, wetland, tree landing and soil management. Reduce risk to an area with a history of flooding

Nant Abel and Afon Cain NFM Scheme


Extension to work completed under the Sustainable Management Scheme. A wide range of measures proposed, including leaky barriers, tree planting, hedgerows and wetland

SoIL (Solving Intractable Land-use issues)


Project led by SoiL and the Wye and Usk Foundation (WUF). A range of interventions proposed in the Onnau Fach (Annex 1) and Upper USK (Annex 1) catchments including woodland, attenuation and cross slope hedgerow

Catchment Scale Leaky Woody Debris Scheme


Work to trial low risk, low cost leaky wooden struture intervensions in 8 sites across Powys.

Dwyran NFM


4 storage areas identified around Dwyran, concept options have been developed. 2 areas proposed to be delivered under this schemes. This will be in additional to the NFM scheme developed by Anglesey and larger capital scheme proposed by NRW in this location. Initial discussions held with landowners.

Dinas Powys NFM


Follow on from NFM pilot scheme. Proposal is to
1. To implement a range of NFM measures on Woodland Trust land in the Cadoxton Catchment including woodland, leaky dams and attenuation,
2. Provide dedicated Project Officer support (approx £100k), to enable continued engagement towards implementation of NFM measures across the catchment.

NFM Mynydd Llandegai


Works compliment a more engineered capital scheme currently at FBC stage. Measures proposed include leaky dams, scrapes and attenuation.

NFM Bontnewydd


A range of NFM proposed including woodland, leaky barriers, cross slope features and attenuation.

Llantwit and Gnoll NFM Schemes


Follow on from the optioneering in the NFM pilot to deliver the remaining scheme. Leaky damns and similar measures to increase roughness and reduce runoff. Wetland creation in the upper catchment.

 Y Foel - Landscape Enhancement


Primarily a tree planting project building on the work by NRW and the National Trust. CCBC are planning on planting 88,000 trees across the catchment.

Ty Crwn to Pensarn Coastal Erosion Improvements


Beach nourishment of SSSI at Ty Crwn which sits in front of the sea defence. No flood risk to properties at this location just damage to the existing SSSI. Likely require ongoing high maintenance costs to renourish shingle beach.

Capel Curig Leat


Reconnecting existing ditch and leat network to better direct flows and to help protect existing peat bog habitat. Flows directed into an existing reservoir owned by RWE.

Llansannan Natural Flood Management Interventions


A range of NFM measures are proposed upstream of the recently completed Llansannan scheme including woodland, wetland and leaky barriers.

Catchment Based Leaky Woody Structures


Streamline of leaky woody debris structures. Fund to allow up to 50 days of installation across 3 sites. Strong links to partnership working including working with the Clwyd Forum.

Llanfair DC NFM Scheme


Links to a previous DCC NFM pilot project this got almost to construction before being cancelled due to the time limit on the programme. A high standard of protection is provided through a range of NFM and structual measures to direct and store flow.

Pwllglas NFM Scheme


Multi teir NFM scheme with some harder elements including leaky damns, debris damns and overland flow management. This follows on from DCC's previous NFM pilot. Detailed design complete.

Gwyddelwern NFM Scheme


Properies previously flooded through culvert blockage proposed measure include debris screens, leaky barriers and attenuation

Nantglyn NFM Scheme


Flooding through siltation and blockage reducing capacity. History of floodying and evidenced through modelling. Measures proposed to caputre of silt and potential bloackage upstream. Silt traps, rock debris catures and leaky dams proposed.

Glanllyn Farm, Wigfair NFM Scheme


A large number of intervension proposed to create a learning site. Including, wet woodland/meadow, headland water management, cross slope hedgerow, leaky barriers and attenuation to store up to 9,000m^3