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Summer Roadshow to promote natural flood management

Wednesday, 15 June 2022

Local charity Slow the Flow has published details of a six-week summer roadshow to promote natural flood management and community-led climate action across Calderdale.

The Together We Can Slow the Flow roadshow will run from 7 July to 20 August and include an indoor and outdoor travelling exhibition, giant interactive map of the River Calder and flood hot spots, schools climate change debate, flood walks, family activities and expert workshops on how to make the Calder Valley more flood resilient.

It will begin with the launch of an exhibition in the Central Library Halifax on Slow the Flow's work which will look at its flagship project building leaky dams at National Trust site Hardcastle Crags, as well as showcasing lessons it is developing for schools on NFM as part of the national curriculum.

Events, which are free to attend, will take place at the Piece Hall, Square Chapel, Shibden Park, Hardcastle Crags, Sowerby Bridge, Cromwell Bottom, Brighouse, Calder Homes Park, Hebden Bridge and Todmorden Community College and library.

Bede Mullen chair of Slow the Flow said, "The purpose of the roadshow is to highlight relatively simple things we can all do to reduce flood risk, whether building leaky dams and planting trees in upland areas or creating rain gardens or green rooves in our homes and businesses. "
"We want to get the word out that whilst climate change and more major flood events are inevitable, Together we can slow the flow".

The Together We Can Slow the Flow roadshow was funded by the National Lottery Together For Our Planet fund and Yorkshire Prepared.