Welcome to Naturally Resilient

For all things Natural Flood Management

What is NFM?

Natural Flood Management (NFM) is a term which is  regularly used, but it can mean different things to different people.

Therefore throughout this project, we refer to NFM as:

“Working with natural processes to proactively manage sources and pathways of water through a catchment. Using techniques that intercept, slow and hold water through the restoration, alteration or enhancement of natural features within our landscapes. Ensuring multiple benefits that promotes catchment resilience.”

Why NFM?

Natural Flood Management will not prevent flooding, however it could be an integral part of our approach to manage flooding within the UK.

By working with natural processes and features within the landscape, NFM can deliver multiple benefits – improving connectivity, biodiversity and habitats that create greater resilience and adaptability within our catchments.

Check out this nice video which explains NFM

What are some of the techniques we use?

Slowing Water

Riparian buffer strips

Riparian tree planting

Large Wood Debris features

Holding Water

Floodplain bunds

Flood bank removal

Sediment traps

Intercepting Water

Woodland creation

Moorland restoration

Soil management

About our funders

Princes Countryside Fund

This fund has enable the trust to develop and deliver Natural Flood Management Farm plans throughout Wharfedale and Wensleydale. Helping farmers and landowners identify opportunities on their land. We have also been able to commission some NFM opportunity modelling in both catchments to help us prioritise our work and be more effective. Finally we have also set up a demonstration site at Oughtershaw, where we have show cased a number of techniques. Please follow link for more information.

Peoples Postcode Lottery

This fund has allowed us to deliver some capital projects, enabling us get some NFM features in on the ground; this has included a number of leaky dams, scrapes and riparian buffer strips. We have also trained some contractors on how to install different features. 


The focus of the Interreg Water Co-Governance for Sustainable Ecosystems project (WaterCoG) is to understand how the implementation of EU directives can be achieved at a local level in the North Sea Region. The Upper Wharfe is a pilot area with a specific focus on Natural Flood Management.