Brampton is to benefit from £255,000 of funding as part of the £25 million Natural Flood Management programme. 

Brampton Natural Flood Management Project, led by Brampton 2 Zero Community Interest Company is one of 40 project across England which has been selected to use natural processes such as planting trees and creating wetlands to reduce the risk of flooding.

Part of the government’s plan to increase the nation’s flood resilience, natural flood management processes protect, restore, and mimic the natural functions of catchments, floodplains and the coast to slow and store water.

At Brampton, the money will go towards grip blocking at Fell Moss to extend and enhance existing wetland habitats, to increase the water storage in this natural basin and take pressure of downstream waterways during wet weather events. On top of this the Brampton 2 Zero team will explore options to re-naturalise the Brampton Beck at Moss House, using fencing to minimise livestock erosion of the banks.

Options to store more (or less) water in this area will also be explored, in consultation with the farmer.

The project will create additional flood storage upstream of a culvert inlet at Towan Bank, to slow and temporarily store flood water upstream of Brampton with wider benefits include peat restoration at Fell Moss.

The next steps will be led and coordinated nationally by the NFM Programme Team. They will invite lead applicants of the successful projects to proceed to the next stage of project development.

During which they will be supported in the development of their projects’ full business cases and to ensure they can claim the funding quickly and efficiently as their projects progress.

The scheme has been welcomed by Penrith and the Border MP, Dr Neil Hudson.

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Dr Neil Hudson MP said: "Congratulations to the Brampton 2 Zero team for taking advantage of our Conservative Government's exciting and innovative Natural Flood Management programme.

"Unfortunately as witnessed recently, our corner of England is all-too-often at the mercy of the elements.

"Natural flood prevention techniques deliver for nature as well as the many homes and businesses impacted by flooding across the country - that is why it is only right our Government is prioritising this with the biggest investment in our nation's history."