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    Slowing The Flow.

Slowing the Flow - What is it all about?

Increasing infiltration into the soil - allowing more water to soakaway means less water travels quickly downstream where it may cause flooding problems.

Slowing water down as it flows through the catchment area - by constructing features such as “leaky dams” or putting other obstructions across the flood plain and in channels, heavier flows can be held back, and flood levels downstream reduced.

Storing water upstream - by using existing storage areas or natural catchment points and creating new ponds and basins, flood water can be stored upstream and released slowly, rather than rushing downstream.

OK So where can we "Slow the Flow" - Here are some investigated suggestions that potentially exist in our current catchment area - but they need local farming and town or county council support to implement. We need local community support to emphasise to our farming community that their management of the land has an impact on our community. The local farming community needs to understand that their management of the land can and will impact those persons lower down stream. We need to convince them that we need there help.

This is where the flood group come into the scene. We are looking into this, researching suitable places and with your community support speaking with local landowners and farmers with the intention of developing community led solutions.

Our first focus falls upon the following areas, Bourton Banks, the Callaugton Road and upper Stretton Road Valley.

The map below shows the three catchment areas that we are focusing on. You can see from the overland flows that there is a significant amount of water that can be slowed, stored and or re-directed to help reduce the flooding potential in the town of Much Wenlock. Click each of the three titles below this map to open up a new page describing the areas, possible cause of the problem and suggested potential solutions.


Area 1 = The upper Stretton Road Catchment area before the new slowing pool.

Area 2 = The Bourton Road and upper Bourton Banks Catchment area.

Area 3 = The Upper Callaughton Road ctachment area (beyond new housing development area).

Click on any of the links above to visit the main page which discusses the problem and suggests ideas on how to cure the problem in that specific area.

If you have any suggestions or ideas that you think may help reduce flooding risks in Much Wenlock or you wish to take part and help the team, please do not hesitate to contact us via email on