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River Stewardship - Flood Alleviation Scheme

Groundwork are working in partnership with the River Stewardship Company and Open Source Arts to deliver a Leeds City Council and Environment Agency project to encourage volunteers to take part in channel maintenance and stewardship activities along the River Aire in Leeds.

The Leeds Flood Alleviation Scheme was launched after the devastating floods during Christmas 2015 brought on by Storm Eva. The overwhelming effects from Storm Eva left many homes and businesses flooded with the highest recorded river levels ever recorded in Leeds. The widespread flooding was centred on the commercial/industrial area along the A65 Kirkstall Road and Stourton to the south of Leeds Railway.

The Leeds Flood Alleviation Scheme (LFAS) is designed to ensure that such widespread devastation does not happen again. At a cost of £50 million, LFAS is one of the largest schemes in the country and stage 1 is providing increased protection to more than 3,000 homes, 500 business and 300 acres of development land.

Stage 2 will take a catchment-wide approach which will help to reduce flood risk in Leeds including areas such as Kirkstall and Stourton. This will adopt a combination of Natural Flood Management and engineered measures to help slow the flow and catch water further up the catchment so that flood peaks are reduced further downstream.

How does our project help?

The River C’Aire project helps by encouraging volunteering in Leeds along the river. We have worked with individuals, corporate volunteers and groups to collect litter from the river and its embankment. The river volunteers have helped to manage vegetation and manage invasive non-native weed species making a difference to the local environment. These volunteer days have helped to bring more people to the riverside and are helping to prevent future flooding.

Our river volunteering days take place on Friday's throughout the year, please contact us for more information on how you can get involved. 

River Aire Clean Up

On Monday 26th November we joined forces with The River Stewardship Company, Open Source Arts, members of Leeds City Council, a volunteer group from ENGIE - a leading energy, services & regeneration group with offices in Leeds & local volunteers, at Redcoates Lane in Kirkstall, LS4.

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River C'Aire Education

The Communities team at Groundwork are working really hard to inform the local area about the effects of litter and flooding as part of the River C’Aire programme. As well as tackling the after effects of flooding in the local river clean ups, the team are visiting schools to help educate the children on habitats and just how damaging this can be to the local wildlife.

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Showing C’Aire for the Aire

The Community Team have been out showing their care for the Aire with another environmental activity day; this time at Thwaites Water Mill in Leeds.

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River clean up goes from strength to strength

Yorkshire community charity, Groundwork Leeds, has been busy looking at ways to tackle the flooding issues along the River Aire caused by the December flooding in 2015.

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