Community Flood Resilience

Calder High School students have been quizzing experts about the causes and solutions to flooding in the valley as part of the DEFRA Calderdale Community Flood Resilience Pathfinder Scheme.

They visited the River Calder to look at the issues first hand and hear from organisations who are working on solutions. These included Calder Futures, who remove riverside vegetation, Calder Countryside Service and Pennine Prospects, organisations that advise landowners.

Students have conducted their own ‘cost benefit analysis ‘and identified their own priorities for action. These included measures across the valley that would increase woodland cover and help individual households to protect themselves alongside investment in flood defences. Pupils also prepared a flood plan for their own household.

Geography students from the Sixth Form College also visited the Alternative Technology Centre in Hebden Bridge to see the JBA Trust demonstration flume. Jeremy Benn of JBA explained what happened in extreme rainfall events and how flooding takes place. Paul Williams, Head of Geography explained :
‘Thanks to Pennine Prospects and the JBA Trust. It was really useful for the students to get out of the classroom and see the reality of the flooding issues that affect the local community. This will support the learning we do in lessons regarding the issues of flooding and flood management.’

Download our presentation to the National Flood Forum event in Rochdale