Natural Flood Management in the Soar

What are we doing for Natural Flood Management in the Soar?

Flooding is on the rise putting homes and livelihoods at risk – in the River Soar catchment and beyond. To adapt, we are working in partnership with WWF-UK and Aviva on a catchment-scale Natural Flood Management project in the River Soar to mainstream the often-overlooked role of nature-based solutions in our collective fight against climate change.

Natural Flood Management looks at land-use upstream of communities at risk. By working with landowners and local partners, The Trent Rivers Trust identifies opportunities for natural interventions that reduce flood risk. The idea is to make incremental changes, spreading across the entire catchment, which will have a positive impact overall. Features such as strategically planted trees, leaky barriers, or wetlands slow the flow of water and create conditions for the water to soak into the soil.

As well as working with selected communities and landowners on capital schemes, this project aims to raise the profile of this Defra-approved approach within communities in the Soar. The idea is to build a network that increases flood resilience and facilitates an ambitious rollout of Natural Flood Management. Whether you’re an individual, community, school or landowner, this project is an opportunity for you to get involved and find nature positive solutions in our fight against climate change.


At Trent Rivers Trust, we have a wealth of Natural Flood Management experience under our belt, delivering schemes across the whole of the River Trent catchment. We have been part of a European pilot and, most importantly, we have worked with communities who are able to vouch for the impact of our work.

The Team

Ruth Needham

Senior Catchment Manager (West)

Nick Wilding

Technical Lead

Poppy-Ann Taylor

Poppy-Ann Taylor

Soar Community Engagement Officer

How You Can Get Involved

If you would like to get involved with our Natural Flood Management work in the Soar, please get in touch by filling in the form below.

This project, led by Trent Rivers Trust, is funded by Aviva in partnership with WWF-UK.

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