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.

How NFM works?

NFM 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

Useful Links

Practical Guides

WWF Flood Planner manual

Ecosystem services and Flood and Coastal erosion risk management

Run-off attenuation features in
small rural catchments

Working with natural processes to manage flood and coastal erosion risk

Rural Sustainable Drainage Systems (RSuDS)

Run-off Attenuation features handbook

Case Studies

Netherton Burn Runoff Management Works

Ripon land management project
The Pontbren project

– From source to sea

– Slowing the Flow

General Information

Catching the Flood

Channel Management
Planning advice for intergrated
water management

Losing ground
– Managing water run-off and soil erosion

About our funders

This fund has enabled 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 showcased a number of techniques.

Peoples Postcode Lottery

This fund has allowed us to deliver some capital projects, enabling us to 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.
(Visited 1,153 times, 1 visits today)