There are a number of ways that woodland can help slow and store water, and reduce flood peak.
Woodland on the floodplain acts as a barrier to flood flows and increases the distance that water travels across the ground. The leaf litter that accumulates under trees also acts as a sponge for flood water, which is then gradually released, or seeps into ground water.
Trees also delay the passage of rainfall through their branches, increase the infiltration of water into the ground via roots, increase evaporation, and slow the passage of over ground surface water.
Since we started work in 2012 we have planted over 40,000 trees across the River Ouse catchment - both on the floodplain and in the wider catchment area. We currently have a range of tree offers for farmers, smallholders and other landowners.
• Funding for sites wishing to have at least 0.5 ha
• Help accessing Forestry Commission grants where appropriate
• Further grant funding via the Woodland Trust and Lewes District Council (up to 80%)
• Bespoke planting plans provided
• Free native Black poplar trees (very rare!) also available in suitable locations
• Areas where tree disease is present
• On the floodplain
• Across slope shelter belts
• On spring lines or downhill from potential pollutants
• To provide wood fuel or fodder for animals
• To replace trees on river banks
• To reduce bank erosion
• To replace trees lost to disease
• To increase shade (keeping temperatures low)
• To enhance public spaces and the environment
• All trees are supplied from native stock and grown in the UK
• All trees are supplied with deer guards and stakes
• Advice given on which tree species will suit your local area
• Advice on long term maintenance also provided
• Help with planting available