Natural Flood Management Open Evening Event

On Monday 1st November, Todmorden Town Hall proudly hosted the Natural Flood Management open evening event, where representatives from various organisations, primarily local, gave talks and presentations on the role they play in natural flood management (NFM) in Calderdale.

The event was attended by over 80 members of the public and facilitated by Todmorden Town Council.

The talks mainly focused on why flooding occurs in the Upper Calder Valley, how local conservation methods help mitigate flood risk and what we, as individuals and communities, can do to play our own part in this.

There are a wide range of issues and factors that affect the chances of flood occurrence and the severity of the flooding itself, as demonstrated by the varied subject matter that the talks themselves touched upon, such as soil quality, tree planting, land management and geographical factors.

The event closed with an introduction to Todmorden Town Council’s Climate Emergency Pledge, as launched by our Town Mayor Cllr Pat Taylor, who signed the first pledge. Further pledges were then distributed amongst attendees who wished to commit to their own pledges to play their personal part in combatting climate change. The timing of the pledge launch reflects just how much climate change plays a significant part in flood risk, flood frequency and flood severity.

The following lists all the guest speakers of the event, the speeches they made and their contact information:


Stuart Bradshaw &  Adrian Horton, Slow the Flow

Email Adrian

Visit the Slow the Flow website

‘How Slow the Flow Helps to Reduce the Risk of Flooding in Todmorden’  PRESENTATION COMING SOON


Ben Fenton, Natural Flood Management Project Officer, Calderdale Council

Email Ben

Visit the Calderdale NFM website

‘Natural Flood Management Land Owner Grants’  PRESENTATION COMING SOON

Dr Jane Rowling, Farm and Rural Liaison Officer, Calder Rivers Trust

Email Jane

Visit the Calder and Colne Rivers Trust website

‘The Multiple Benefits of Healthy Soils’ PRESENTATION COMING SOON


Sally Kelling, Flood Resilience Officer, Environment Agency

Email Sally

Visit the Environment Agency’s website

‘Natural Flood Management in Calderdale – part of the big picture’  PRESENTATION COMING SOON


Sarah-Jayne Robins, Lead Flood Warden

Email Sarah-Jayne

Visit Todmorden Flood Group’s Facebook page

‘Why Todmorden Floods & the Role of the Todmorden Flood Group’ PRESENTATION COMING SOON


Christina Hooley

Email Christina

Visit the Treesponsibility website

‘Five ways that trees can help mitigate flood risk’ PRESENTATION COMING SOON

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