Natural Flood Prevention River Calder, Colne and Upper Aire

Our £1.7 million Leeds City Region Growth Deal investment into the Growing Resilience Natural Flood Management programme will introduce a range of practical measures to mimic natural flood protection, slowing the flow of water before it reaches urban areas downstream.

Works are planned at multiple locations in the Upper Aire, Colne and Calder river catchments, including sites in the Wessenden Valley (Kirklees), as well as Gorpley Reservoir and Hardcastle Crags (Calderdale). 

In addition to providing long-term benefits for urban centres downstream – including reducing the risk of flooding to more than 1,000 homes and 200 business units – the programme will also increase biodiversity and boost local recreation and tourism schemes. 

The programme is being developed by the White Rose Forest Partnership in close co-ordination with local authorities, the Environment Agency and the Aire and Calder Catchment Partnership. Yorkshire Water, National Trust, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, The Source partnership and the Woodland Trust are all playing leading roles in design and delivery planning. 

Nature and people to benefit from a £2.6 million environmental project in West Yorkshire

Communities and businesses in the Colne and Calder Valleys to be protected from flooding with £1.3million LEP funding.

Project Lead


Upper Aire: Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Colne and Calder: National Trust

District/ Area




Business case summary


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£1.7 million Leeds City Region Growth Deal

Project Status

Full Business Case + Costs


Start and end dates

Autumn 2018- December 2020


Delivery partners

Upper Aire: Yorkshire Farming and Wildlife Partnership


Colne and Calder: Environment Agency, Kirklees Council, Yorkshire Water

Other funders

Moorlife 2020

Calderdale Flood Fund

Get in touch (contact information)

 Upper Aire

Colne and Calder