Over the next 12 months, 400,000 new trees will be planted across Cumbria.
Good news for wildlife and flood prevention, but bad news if you're the one planting them!
A group of volunteers is doing just that at a nature reserve near Keswick.
You can find out more about the Eycross Hill Nature Reserve here.
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People in Grasmere are being given the chance to learn about the work that needs to be done to prevent the village from being affected by future flooding.
The area was badly affected by the floods of Storm Desmond in December 2015, and was also left cut off by the destruction of the A591 road.
At a public meeting this evening, local people will be given a copy of the latest flood investigation report - a study carried out by the Environment Agency and Cumbria County Council.
People in Grasmere are being given the chance to learn about the work that needs to be done to protect the village and surrounding area from future flooding.
90 properties were affected by flooding in December 2015 as a result of high water levels in the River Rothay, Easedale Beck, Greenhead Gill and Grasmere Lake.
At a public meeting this evening (Monday 20th February), locals will be given a copy of the latest flood investigation report - a study carried out by the Environment Agency and Cumbria County Council into why the area flooded in December 2015.
The report looks at what, when and why the flooding results and identifies recommendations to minimise future flooding.
It says the earliest record of flooding affecting Grasmere is in the 1670s, and flooding was recorded again in 1967, 2005, 2008, 2009 and 2015.
Despite this there are currently no formal flood defences in the village. It is expected to recommend:
- Investigate options to improve highway drainage across A591. Extended closure of this road had a major impact on the local economy.
- Develop options to provide advance warning of possible flooding.
- Implement flood resilience measures within flooded properties. Grants are available to homeowners to help them better protect their homes.
- Explore opportunities for engineered and natural flood management solutions to be used upstream of Grasmere to slow the flow and manage peak river levels.
- Review drainage and sewage systems.
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Flood-hit households and businesses in Eden have until the end of next month to apply for funding to help protect their properties from future flooding.
Grants of up to £5,000 are available from Eden District Council for those affected by Storm Desmond.
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An exhibition about flooding is taking place at Carlisle Race Course over the next two days.
The Cumbria Flood Expo has been organised by CERT UK, which used to be called Eden Flood Volunteers.
There will be stalls with help and advice about how people can protect their homes from flooding, and what to do if you are flooded.
The organisers are also keen to stress that the deadline to apply for flood resilience grants has been extended to March.