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November 2018 Update

At the most recent Patterdale Community Flood Group meeting it was decided that all future upstream work would be undertaken by the new Ullswater Catchment Management Group set up by Danny Teasdale from the Upstream Team. This group will continue to work with the EA, Natural England, the ERT and local landowners to improve the flood resilience of upstream areas in the catchment. The flood group itself will focus on maintenance tasks and the emergency response as needed, as well as continuing to liaise with the EA and Cumbria County Council on their ongoing activities.

November 2017 Update

Back in February we had high hopes that we would be able to work in partnership with all the relevant agencies and pioneer a new way of collaborative working through the project. Sadly the reality has proved somewhat different. We are very grateful to the support of the Princes Countryside Fund and the Cumbria Community Foundation, whose financial support has allowed us to push ahead with the project in the Grisedale Valley in partnership with the Eden Rivers Trust. However so far the promised financial and technical backing from other agencies has  not been forthcoming other than in a very piecemeal fashion. We have made progress but not as much as we would have liked, and certainly not in the cooperative way we had originally envisaged. With the appointment of a new Catchment Director by the EA in July 2017 we hope to reinvigorate the project and a meeting was held on the 21st August with all parties to review where we are and agree a way forward.  We recognise that the EA has still been engaged in “recovery” work, most noticeably in Glenridding on the beck wall and Jenkins Field, but we are still disappointed that despite being the instigators of the Pilot project they have not fully engaged or allocated any specific funding for the resilience aspect.

We will continue to see the project through to its conclusion with or without the support of external agencies as we are still committed to ensuring the future safety of our community..

Successes to date

The Grisedale valley was identified by us as a potential location for upstream measures to slow the flow of water. The group then arranged a meeting between the landowner and Eden Rivers Trust. ERT carried out some initial surveys to map gravel deposits and many of the small permanent and ephemeral streams. These surveys showed potential to slow the flow of water during storm events using large felled trees across small temporary streams before they reach the main channel, and for targeted tree planting.

The next stage of the project was to begin installing features on the ground. The Eden Rivers Trust apprentice team created leaky dams and carried out tree planting.. Our aspiration is that this demonstration project will act as a catalyst to implementation of larger scale natural flood risk management techniques either in this valley or in other sub-catchments.

In addition Danny Teasdale, from the Upstream Team has been in discussion with landowners and farmers in other areas of the Parish to identify other potential schemes that can be applied  once funding is in place.

In parallel with this work we have established flood stores in Glenridding and Grisedale Bridge, as well as smaller caches in Patterdale, Deepdale and Hartsop. We have also continued with our maintenance work and carried out a significant beck bank stabilisation project at Wallbank in Glenridding by Gillside campsite.

We are also working to establish a network of camera and beck flow and depth monitors  around the Dale to measure both the effectiveness of the schemes but also give us real time monitoring capabilities. The current status of this is as shown below. On 22nd November 2017 we had 100mm of rainfall in a day. The impact of this on Glenridding is detailed in the report below.


Latest ActionsFlood ToolkitDetailed Pilot Plan

February 2017 Objectives

The objective of this project is to use all the available tools and techniques in the Parish to minimise flood risk in the future. We are pioneering the use of the "Integrated Flood Management Toolkit"  idea to make this accessible and understandable for everyone in the community so they can appreciate what is being done and why, and what the potential benefits will be. This has to include the full range of options from “natural” techniques to more engineered “hard” solutions, and includes individual flood plans for individual households. It is only by fully implementing this complete integrated “package” that we stand a chance of protecting ourselves as best as we can from future severe weather events.

Our Project plan recognises the importance of a catchment approach, and within the parish the plan is built upon an  individual beck sub-catchment approach. Some of the measures will have an immediate benefit, some may take years to reach their full potential and some we might try and realise that they simply don’t work. Most importantly though everything that’s done has to be done in the context of protecting the whole Parish and that is why it’s important everyone understands the “big picture” and we’re able to measure and monitor the effects of what has been done and all being well we will then see the benefits growing over time, and the risks reducing. This will benefit not just our own catchment area but have huge benefit in the wider Eden catchment.

The Patterdale Parish Integrated Flood Management Pilot Project is the first project of its kind to use a fully integrated approach to Flood Risk Management and to put in place both a comprehensive set of flood management schemes but also to monitor the effects of these schemes over a prolonged period of time. The project is a truly collaborative venture driven by the local community with input from a range of agencies, public bodies, charities and institutions. We are moving from the end of the "Recovery" phase to the "Resilience" part of the project, and will be building on some of the work done in our own "mini" pilot within the Grisedale Valley in 2016. Work done in 2016 gives us a head start to deliver the project plan. In many areas part of the work is already well underway. What has been achieved in 2016 demonstrates the drive and commitment within the community to work with partners to deliver such a plan.

In terms of the cost benefit case for the project the compelling desire to avoid a repeat of the devastating consequences of Storm Desmond in December 2015 are clear. Conservative estimates of the total cost of the recovery from this event are put at at least £5 million. The investment proposed as part of this project is a fraction of this "reactive" spend and as above will also benefit the wider catchment.

The next steps are for all stakeholders to confirm the tasks and estimates in this plan, to gain the necessary additional funding over and above that which is already in place, to communicate the plan and approach to landowners and the community and to get on with making it happen. Following the successful completion of this pilot project the process can then be repeated in other catchments.

Tree Planting in Grisedale

Leaky Dam Installation in Grisedale

Princes Countryside Fund Monitoring Project Proposal Nov 2017 Rain Impact Assessment Oct 2017 Rain Impact Assessment


See the latest recovery action plan including news on the Glenridding Beck Wall repairs and the latest updates on Jenkins Field


See more photos from the floods of December 2015 and the recovery work that is still ongoing in Glenridding, Patterdale, Deepdale and Hartsop.


Find out more about our Community Flood Plan, including our resilience planning and upstream beck management