Water management in the valley (in particular the Hartsop area) is a difficult issue that no one organisation or landowner can solve on their own. On the 3rd September 2009, the National Trust organised a Public Consultation Meeting to bring together the key stakeholders (National Trust, the Environment Agency, Natural England and the Lake District National Park) to discuss with the community the various challenges and how they could find a way forward together.
Following this the Patterdale Water Management Group was formed with the above agencies and others together with representatives of the Parish Council, local residents and businesses to develop a Water Management Plan for the Parish.
Meeting Notes and Documents
Several documents, photographs etc., are included as attachments at the foot of this page and can be viewed by clicking on the required item.
Photographs of the work carried out on Kirkstone Beck in September 2012
Despite the appalling recent wet weather, I am sure that many of you noticed the diggers at work in the fields below the Brotherswater Inn on NT land at Hartsop Hall. The work has been agreed by the Patterdale Water Management group to resolve the potential flood risk at that location and has been carried out by a local contractor, Metcalfes. The bank had previously been repaired by the Environment Agency using large blockstones but over time this had progressively failed resulting in large stones falling into the channel. This led to a further undesirable knock on effect of narrowing the channel and causing scour of the other bank which had been in a relatively good condition.
A specialist water consultancy firm, Jacobs, was asked to come up with a more sustainable long term solution to river bank management in this location which was acceptable to the water management group, the tenant farmer and the statutory agencies.
The aim of this work is to protect the cultural landscape, safeguard an important agricultural field whilst at the same time allow for a measure of river naturalisation. The river bank wall has been rebuilt but set back slightly to allow additional water volume, river bank trees have been coppiced and the river has a twin flow as it exits the bottom of the field – one flow goes down the original channel with a second new channel flowing through the wetland which is designated as an SSSI and should benefit from additional wetting up.
The repair work has cost £29,000 and is almost complete and the only outstanding work being the reinstatement to the field – this will be done when the land dries up!
The NT will be reviewing the current situation and will be discussing future proposals with the Patterdale Water management group in due course. A few photographs of the work are shown on this page.
Patterdale Water Management Group Meeting.
The group met on 10th October 2011 to discuss the draft Implementation Plan and agreed the criteria by which each of the actions would be assessed. Following initial assessment of financial and legal implications, each action will then be assessed for it's impact on Agriculture, Historic landscape, Nature conservation , Infrastructure/other businesses and Irreversibility. The group also had a good discussion of the contents of the plan, agreeing additions and alterations to be considered. Meeting notes are available on this site. (see bottom of this page)
There was a good attendance and interest at the Open Day on 15th October 2011 , where local residents were able to discuss the planned actions, ask questions and view the river audit work which has been completed by local residents.
Site meetings have now taken place with all the people directly affected by the Plan.
Finalising the Implementation Plan
The additions and alterations that have been put forward are now been collected. If anyone has any additional specific additions you would like to be considered, please let us have your ideas by Monday 7th November 2011 when the draft Plan will be assessed. Contact: Vicki Wilkinson (National Trust) on Telephone No. 015394 35599.
The Full Project Schedule outlining timescales is available on this site (see below)
Finalised Implementation Plan will be worked up and options considered.
Next Patterdale Water Management Group Meeting, to view the final Implementation Plan will take place on 5th December 2011.
Saturday 15th October 2011 - 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. The National Trust is organising an Open Day for the community of Patterdale Parish to learn more about proposals for managing the river and flooding problems in the valley. The day is being organised on behalf of the Patterdale Water Management Group. Staff from the National Trust and other agencies will be on hand to answer questions and listen to your suggestions and ideas regarding a draft Implementation Plan which sets out a proposed schedule of works over the next 2 years. The session will be held at Glenridding Public Hall on Saturday October 15th from 10:00 until 14:00. Everyone is welcome to drop by at any time.
Copies of the draft Implementation Plan and Technical Report are available to download below or by ringing the National Trust on 015394 35599.
Sept 2011: Site meetings with all the people directly affected by the draft Implementation Plan and the National Trust, are happening now.
Early October 2011: A meeting of the full Patterdale Water Management Group will take place.