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Hole of Horcum by Mike kIplingHole of Horcum by Mike kIpling

What are we doing on Levisham Estate 

The Authority has carried out a number of flood control measures at Levisham Estate to reduce and delay the movement of rainfall downstream.

Tree planting - to protect sensitive soils from disturbance and reduce rapid runoff due to high infiltration rates

  • 8,500 trees have been planted since March 2011, mainly local oaks
  • Nearly half of these have been planted by the Authority's volunteers 
  • A Forestry Commission grant was received for the majority of the planting, via the English Woodland Grant Scheme

Wooden dams created - to increase flood storage by raising water levels and reconnecting streams with their floodplain

  • 18 timber dams were created by the National Park Authority's Modern Apprentices

Moorland gully blocking - to improve water retention and delay the generation of flood flows

  • £7,000 spent on blocking natural moorland gullies with heather bales on various parts of the Estate's moorland

Revegetation work – to provide soil cover and stability and reduce surface runoff

  • Heather brash has been spread in the Hole of Horcum to aid re-vegetation after bracken control

Footpath work – to reduce rapid surface runoff

  • Eroding path in the Hole of Horcum is currently being repaired with improved drainage that will slow down run off

Heather burning buffers – no burn zones retains vegetation and reduces the speed of surface runoff  

  • Current Environmental Stewardship Scheme negotiation includes 10m no-burn buffers against watercourses

Further river catchment work

  • The same principles were used by the jointly funded Authority and Environment Agency Modern Apprenticeship Scheme which worked on the River Leven to help reduce flood risk in Great Ayton which recently won an Environment Agency award.