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Reconnecting with our Rivers: Community-led Natural Flood Management on Tang Hall and Osbaldwick Becks

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Date
6 Dec 2017
Start time
7:30 PM
Venue
City Screen Basement Bar
Speaker
Jonathan Dent, Nature Reserve Manager
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Event Information

“Reconnecting with our Rivers” with Jonathan Dent, Nature Reserve Manager, St Nick’s

Community-led Natural Flood Management on Tang Hall and Osbaldwick Becks.

St Nicks is the project lead for the York Becks catchment which includes Tang Hall and Osbaldwick Beck. Tang Hall and Osbaldwicks Becks are a tributary of the River Foss which in turn flows into the Ouse. Although the becks are downstream in the wider catchment, they are upstream from the city centre rivers. The becks actually have more effect on the Foss than was previously thought and, according to the Environment Agency, 9% of the total flow in the Foss at the time of the Boxing Day 2015 floods was from the Becks. Working with members of the local community and wider stakeholders we are currently undergoing a monitoring and improvement project on the becks and the green space around them. The monitoring aspect is well under way and the the results of this will provide the data to inform practical Natural Flood Management works to take place in 2018. To ensure the project sustainability a big focus is on working with the local community around the becks with the aim of providing them with the knowledge and skills to continue to monitor and improve the catchment management after the funder element of the project is complete.

We have already had plenty of successes so far but we have also come across many challenges. Join us to hear an overview of community-led natural flood management in practice and to hear our experiences from the project so far and the plans for the future.

St Nick’s York Becks Project

Wednesday 6th December in City Screen Basement
Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm presentation

Tickets are free and can be pre-booked by phone or on-line with City Screen (0871 902 5726).

Alternatively tickets are available on the night of the event at the City Screen Ticket Desk.