FORESTRY England has been working in partnership with Worcestershire County Council to delivering a new natural flood management project at Dowles Brook in Wyre Forest.
The project is one of a series of national pilots which are being funded by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to trial natural ways of lessening the impacts of flooding.
The results of these will go on to shape future policy and approaches to flooding across the UK.
The project uses natural structures like tree trunks and woody debris to slow the water down. They allow water to pass through at normal levels, but during a storm event when the water levels rise, they are able to hold the water back temporarily.
This spreads out the peak flow and reduces the risk of flooding and soil erosion further downstream.
Richard Boles, Wyre Beat Forester for Forestry England said: “It has been great to work with Worcestershire County Council to deliver this project at Dowles Brook.
“With extreme weather events becoming more common, finding innovative ways of managing flooding has never been more important.
“We hope that this work will have positive results, benefitting the local communities and the surrounding natural environment.”
A total of 26 leaky dams have been installed covering a length of 600m along sections Longdon Orchard brook and Park Brook.
Both form part of Dowles Brook which flows through the Wyre Forest and into the River Severn.
Working with local contractors and only using natural materials found on-site, the dams are positioned in remote areas of the forest away from property and roads.
These locations are ideal for the temporary pooling of water which can then seep away slowly, rather than rushing quickly through the system.
Leaky dams work with nature and have been shown to provide a food source and a habitat for wildlife.
The project will be monitored over the next few years to gauge its success.
This latest work on Forestry England land is part of a wider scheme working with public and private landowners that has seen over 125 interventions installed in the Dowles catchment.