The Tyne Catchment Partnership was invited to submit projects for a £1m national fund to deliver Natural Flood Management (NFM) projects. Each project had to be for less than £50,000 from the fund, and would ideally bring match funding from other sources.
There are many opportunities for NFM projects on the Tyne, and members of the Partnership have been involved in delivering NFM projects in the past throughout the catchment. The Tyne Catchment Partnership submitted 6 proposals comprising 3 projects on urban/urban fringe catchments (the Ouseburn and River Don), upland projects in the Haltwhistle Burn and Allen Valleys catchments, and a mid-catchment project on the Whittle Burn upstream of Ovingham.
The proposals are currently being reviewed by the local Environment Agency team before being submitted for consideration against all the projects submitted nationally. Competition for the limited pot of funding will be high, but we are hopeful that at least one of these worthwhile projects in the Tyne catchment will be funded. Any unfunded projects will remain on our radar, and we will seek ways to deliver them through other means.