News and Events
Trees for Corvedale
This is a major community tree-planting project being set up by Friends of the Corve and Teme
in artnership with Slow the Flow and Shropshire Wildlife Trust. Funding will be available. Landowners and
volunteer tree planters in the Corvedale area willing to get involved are urgently needed. See Trees for Corvedale for details.
Munslow Flood Action Group
As part of
the Slow the Flow initiative, the National Flood Forum set up Flood Action Groups in the Corvedale so that
communities were aware of and involved in that project. The Slow the Flow initiative is now coming to an end and
is giving way to a different project.
DEFRA is funding this new project in Corvedale which looks at
how they can financially support natural flood risk management in the future. The existing Flood Action
Groups have joined together to form a Catchment Group with representatives from each Group, but it is
recognised that there is a need to reach out more widely and include more of those people with local
knowledge and expertise such as farmers and other landowners. The Catchment Group is very keen for such
people to get involved. Once the Catchment Group is finalised the National Flood Forum will draw in all the
other partners such as Shropshire Council, Environment Agency, Wildlife Trust and many more. Regular meetings
will be arranged by the NFF to provide updates for the Catchment Group members, who will then make the wider
community aware of what is happening and how it will affect them. In this way, communities will have a voice
in the proceedings. Are you interested in joining a Flood Action Group in Munslow or being a representative
on the Catchment Group?
August 2018 Status report
the Corve and Teme, Ludlow’s Flood Awareness and River Environment Group, was established
in June 2016 with the intention of monitoring the rivers Corve and Teme and implementing actions to
possible consequences of flooding
of land and properties in and around Ludlow.
We talked about using local knowledge to develop and implement a Flood Awareness
Plan; we agreed to collect data to better inform actions by individuals, local authorities, responsible agencies,
landowners and companies; we take advice in scrutinising new development
applications, to see if they meet or improve upon Sustainable Urban Drainage System (SUDS) specifications; and we
liaise with Shropshire Wildlife’s ‘Slow the Flow’ initiative”, said Rosemary Wood, Chairman of FCT. “But our
real successes have been in establishing good working relationships with our relevant agencies and local
organisations, listening to residents, and setting achievable targets”.
For instance, by 6.00 am on
Sunday 26 May 2018, torrential rain resulted in 8” of water accumulating at the lowest point of one of Ludlow’s
streets abutting the river Corve. This was high enough for residents to alert neighbours to move their cars.
'Fountains' had gushed from manhole covers, one of which was the combined water and
sewage pipe, and gullies were blocked with mud and debris.
following Thursday, 31 May, residents again experienced high levels of water in the road. Difficult
conditions were exacerbated by drivers ignoring the ‘Access Only’ signs: tempers were
This flood came from surface water only. The drains could not cope with heavy
rain falling so quickly. No drains were blocked: the river was low enough for all the water to be taken away
as quickly as the drains would allow. No water came up from the river into the road. But
houses were flooded and individuals and families distressed.
A meeting was quickly
arranged with our representative on Severn Trent Water, who met and listened to residents. This was followed by
a site visit with residents, FCT, the Environment Agency, Shropshire Highways, Shropshire Flood and Water
Management Team, and Severn Trent.
As a result, Severn Trent has
CCTV/tracing of the combined sewer and surface water and checked the connectivity of the relevant highway
gullies. Shropshire Highways will arrange for drains on two sides of the
flood plain to be jetted out immediately, and would also schedule-in the drains to be surveyed and cleaned as
necessary four times a year. The Friends said that if they were given advance notice of when the cleaning was to
take place, they would ask locals to move their cars. The Highways Authority would put up “no parking” cones the
Planning permission has recently been
granted for a petrol station adjacent to the flood plain. This is now in existence, and residents fear its
raised level contributed to drainage problems during the storm. Our representative from the Environment Agency
offered to look into this, and will also liaise with the EA Asset Team to see if work should be undertaken on
the arches of Corve Bridge. Tree work was a possibility, and decisions would be made with regard to both
potential flooding and biodiversity. Discussions with a long-established resident led to the EA flagging up the
need to clear vegetation from one of the arches.
“In themselves, these are small
maintenance initiatives”, said Rosemary. “But, in the words of a well-known supermarket, ‘Every little helps…’.
Deborah Hall is our contact at the NFF, and her support and advice has been invaluable. Our next step is to make
FCT more accessible to the general public, and encourage local people to send us photographs of affected areas.
We began life as a ‘river group’, but are finding issues with surface water, drains and planning applications
that need to be addressed.
Ludlow Town Council has also invited FCT
to a meeting to discuss Contingency Planning for Ludlow. Whilst our original thought was
to monitor local rivers and develop and
implement a Flood Awareness Plan, it was not intended to be an action plan in the event of flooding, emergency
Many years ago, in his
poem, “Song of the Three Rivers”, Frances Brett Young wrote:
Severn's wild, sweet daughter,
child; and her limpid water
wells from the gentle rills
from the Kerry hills”
rivers are so special, and so dangerous!
Ludlow Flood Action Group
Flood Action Group came into being after Friends of the Corve and Teme called a public meeting in July 2016 to
discuss possible flood defence measures. Since then, the Group has met twice to discuss the first draft of
Ludlow’s proposed Flood Action Plan, and once with representatives of the national flood agencies to consider
various avenues of action. Anyone concerned with flooding issues
along the catchment of the Corve and Teme is invited to attend meetings or submit comments for
On 28 February 2017 at the Feathers Hotel, Ludlow, the
first multi-agency meeting was held to discuss Ludlow’s Flood Action Plan. This was attended by members of
Ludlow’s Flood Action Group and representatives of the Environment Agency, Shropshire Council, Severn Trent
Water, Shropshire Highways,
Shropshire Council Flood and Water Management Team, Ludlow Town
Council, Severn Rivers Trust and
Teme Weirs Trust. A large number of actions was agreed, including some updates to this web site and the organisation of
the site visit mentioned above.
Notes from FCT's public meetings held so
far can be found here: