Natural Flood Management for Farming online course – Starting Wednesday 26 January 2022 and running for 5 weeks

Working with the Nature Friendly Farming Network (NFFN) the Flood Innovation Centre is offering a new interactive workshop programme designed to help the farming community understand, identify and implement Natural Flood Management (NFM) interventions.

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Natural Flood Management (NFM) makes use of natural environmental processes to store excess water, slow the flow of water and improve soil and water quality. Recognition is growing that a holistic approach to flood risk management is necessary, with investment in ‘natural’ flood management schemes, rather than solely relying on traditional ‘hard’ flood defences.

Natural flood management schemes can be at the scale of individual properties (e.g. farms) or at the scale of entire river systems. At each level, there is a need to design, plan, implement and maintain schemes. Our workshop programme includes sessions with representatives of DEFRA, industry specialists and academics working at the forefront of NFM research – check back for updates on speaker profiles.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to find out how you can benefit from implementing Natural Flood Management on your property.

Our specialist courses are fully funded (so there’s no cost to your business) and they’re delivered online.


When and where?

You’ll hear from a wide range of industry experts across 5 x three-hour online sessions from 10am – 1pm weekly starting Wednesday 26 January.


Why attend?

  • Understand the range of opportunities in NFM
  • Build expertise in order to access these opportunities
  • Network directly with specialist organisations
  • Find out about funding and support schemes


What’s covered?

Each workshop will be a lively mixture of information, case studies, exercises, discussions and opportunities to network.

Weds 26th Jan 2022, 10am to 1pm Workshop Day 1:  
Schedule for Workshop Day 1
– Chloe Carter, Energy and Environment Institute
– Steve Rose, JBA Consultancy
– Ian Nutt, Earth Trust

Weds 2nd Feb 2022, 10am to 1pm Workshop 2:  
Schedule for Workshop Day 2
– Isaac Wood, LSTC Group
– Josh Wolstenholme, Energy and Environment Institute
– James Robinson, Strickley Farm

Weds 9th Feb 2022, 10am to 1pm Workshop 3:  
Schedule for Workshop Day 3
– Andrew Walker, Yorkshire Water
– Sam Kenyon, Glanllyn Farm
– Dr Alex Riley, Faculty of Science and Engineering

Weds 16th Feb 2022, 10am to 1pm Workshop 4:
Schedule for Workshop Day 4
– Dr Cecilia De Ita, Flood Innovation Centre
– Dr Josh Ahmed, Energy and Environment Institute
– Interactive practical exercise and discussion about the cause and effects of climate change and how it affects Natural Flood Management.

Weds 23rd Feb 2022, 10am to 1pm Workshop 5:
Schedule for Workshop Day 5
– Catherine Boyd, DEFRA
– Jon Hollis, Environment Agency
– Dr Stuart McLelland, Energy and Environment Institute
– Anton James, Flood Innovation Centre

Who should attend?

Farm businesses and land managers with less than 250 employees, based in Cumbria, Devon, County Durham, East Yorkshire, Hull, Lancashire, Merseyside, Middlesbrough, North or North East Lincolnshire, Shropshire, South Yorkshire, Staffordshire, Tees Valley.


The first step is to register your interest by completing a registration form.