Tree work reduces River Aire flood threat in Kirkstall and Burley

3 October 2018

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Tree maintenance work is taking part in Kirkstall this week to reduce obstructions in the River Aire which may cause a flood risk.

High winds last week caused significant damage to four trees along the River Aire at Kirkstall.

Now a river stewardship team will be working in the area this week to clear the fallen or unstable branches before they get into the river.

River Stewardship Company will be carrying out the works near Kirkstall Abbey and then at Burley Mills allotment site.

Leeds City Council executive member for regeneration, transport and planning Councillor Richard Lewis said:

“This ongoing river stewardship work is an important part of our flood prevention work in Leeds, as it is vital that the river flows in a consistent way with fallen trees and other potential obstacles removed before they can cause significant problems.”

A programme of river stewardship to clean up waterways in Leeds has been launched as part of the preparation needed for the second phase of the Leeds Flood Alleviation Scheme, which is led by Leeds City Council in partnership with the Environment Agency.

Leeds City Council is working with Peter Duffy Ltd, River Stewardship Company, Open Source Arts (which runs the Team Kirkstall riverbank clean-ups) and Groundwork to carry out the programme of river channel maintenance work.

This includes the control of invasive species such as Japanese knotweed, Himalayan balsam and giant hogweed along the banks of the River Aire through the centre of Leeds.

It also includes a programme of tree management and litter and debris clearance, as well as a programme of weekly volunteer days designed to engage and connect local people to the river and to the Leeds Flood Alleviation Scheme.

The year-long programme will work down the River Aire from Apperley Bridge to Thwaites Mill.


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