Annas catchment Working Group

Background:

Bootle village has a history of flooding. Most recently it suffered a summer flood event in August 2016. Not only did this flood 12 residential properties, it cut off the main road down the west coast (A595) and affected many of the local services the rural area relies on.

The Environment Agency carried out an initial assessment to determine if there was scope for a formal flood defence structure in Bootle village but found it was not feasible at the present time.

A working group has been set up to look at a partnership approach to reduce flood risk to the village mainly using natural flood management measures. The group will also aim to improve the condition of the Annas catchment.

The working group:

  • West Cumbria Rivers Trust (Chair)
  • Environment Agency
  • Cumbria County Council
  • Copeland Borough Council
  • Bootle Parish Council/Community Representative
  • Cumbria Wildlife Trust
  • Farmer Network

What’s happened so far?

The working group have met several times to develop a natural flood management project. The initial scoping of opportunties was funded by local levy funding and by the Woodland Trust. Several farmers and land owners have shown interest in delivering natural flood management and habitat improvement measures on their land and some leaky dams have already been installed.

The project has now received funding from the DEFRA NFM programme and Orsted via the Walney Extension Community Fund.

The Parish Council completed some flood management works in the village in summer 2018.