County backs tree plea
A PLEA for more trees to be planted on Devon County Council land has been unanimously supported by the authority.
Councillor Claire Wright, who is the Woodland Trust’s tree champion for Devon, says the move will have flood prevention benefits among others. Water sinks into the soil under trees 67 times the rate at which it sinks into soil under grass.
Mrs Wright thanked fellow councillors for their support and said she is look forward to finding suitable areas to plant native species to help tree populations to recover – which could also boost wildlife.
County backs tree plea - News - Sidmouth Herald
This is in the wake of warnings that trees are particularly vulnerable after the floods:
Council issues fallen tree warning - News - Sidmouth Herald
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Although, without the trees, the flooding would have been much worse:
Lord Rooker: 'Planting trees could stop flooding'
Britain should turn swathes of its upland pastures into woodland to help prevent flooding, according to a former environment minister, Lord Rooker. He said new forests would slow flooding by trapping water with their roots.
The idea of "rewilding" the uplands is catching on fast as parts of Britain face repeated flooding, with more rainfall on the way.
Environment Secretary Owen Paterson said he would seriously consider innovative solutions like rewilding.BBC News - Lord Rooker: 'Planting trees could stop flooding'
The experts are calling for planners to adopt a series of measures aimed at tackling the risk of flooding, including exploring how measures like planting trees can hold back water in the upper reaches of rivers.
David Cameron must lead planning revolution to prevent future floods, say experts - Telegraph
The environmental engineering methods referred to collectively as “Natural Flood Management” (NFM) entail the use of a landscape’s own pre-existing features and endowments to impede river flow, and thus either reduce the downstream maximum water height of a flood or delay its onset. Experts believe it could be the most cost-effective means of addressing one of Britain’s most besetting environmental dilemmas.
NFM brings together four key techniques for stymieing the impact of flooding, all of which involve exploiting the landscape’s own natural features. Water can be stored in ponds, ditches or field attenuation bunds to attenuate flow levels, while soil infiltration zones can facilitate the entry of water into the earth at certain key locations, such as tree belts.
Is 'Natural' Engineering the Key to Flood Prevention?