Whinlatter Forest project aims to slow floodwater

Work has started on a project at Whinlatter Forest to help slow the flow of water towards Lorton and the River Cocker.

West Cumbria Rivers Trust is working with Forestry England and the Environment Agency to install over 200 leaky dams in Aiken Beck, Whinlatter Gill and tributaries and forest ditches.

Made from logs and tree trunks from Whinlatter Forest, the dams will hold back water when beck levels are high during storms then drain gradually afterwards, reducing peak river levels downstream.

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