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Don Catchment Rivers Trust in association with the Friends of Grassmoor Country Park, have been developing a project at Grassmoor Country Park that aims to deliver a multi-benefit scheme to help reduce flood risk, enhance and create wildlife habitat, and improve visitor access and interest. Permission to work up the ideas into a final scheme was received from Derbyshire County Council, who are a supporting partner in the project and will take on the future management of the newly created features. The scheme has been through planning permission and will begin on the ground in September 2022, lasting between 4-8 weeks.

The aim of the natural flood management scheme is to slow the flow of water running off areas of the park into the Calow Brook during heavy rainfall. The work in Grassmoor Country Park is part of a wider programme of activities the Don Catchment Rivers Trust is delivering in and around Chesterfield to help reduce flood risk. Watch a talk by our Natural Flood Management Officer here to find out more about the wider programme and how we work with nature to slow flood flows.

Diagrams outlining the works for Grassmoor Country Park can be found by clicking on the map below. Generally, the works will involve re-landscaping areas into features such as scrapes (shallow temporary ponds), earth embankments and ponds, to make the most of the topography of the site and its ability to temporarily hold back water so that it drains away into the brook at a slower rate than it currently does. Though these features may look quite stark on the maps, in reality they will for the most part be shallow graded, quite subtle, and blend in to the existing landscape of the park. 

Footpaths will be created where desire lines already exist across re-landscaped areas so that access is maintained and improved. Community seeding and planting projects will help increase the diversity of plant life in the park with knock on benefits for wildlife and the visitor experience.   

How you can get involved

Photography monitoring

We have set up 4 posts in the park where we are asking people to take photos during their visits throughout the year and in different weather conditions (especially when wet!) so that we can monitor how the new features function and the changes they bring to the landscape over the next few years. Photos taken before the work is carried out will act as a baseline that we can compare future photos to once the new features are put in. The post locations can be found on the Photo Locations map below. Phones/cameras are placed on top of the posts pointing in the directions indicated by black arrows (in some locations there will be more than one direction for multiple view points) and photos sent to us at slowtheflow@dcrt.org.uk.

Vegetation seeding, planting and monitoring

We will be reseeding areas following the works this autumn (2022) to help maintain and improve the diversity of plant species found in the park as well as planting a small area of wet woodland. If you would like to help, please let us know at so we can get in touch with you once we have set dates.

We have been carrying out vegetation surveys in the park with the help of volunteers so that we can monitor changes as a result of the project. These take place in the summer and all training is provided. If you’d be keen to get involved with future surveys, do get in touch!  

If you’d like any further information on the project or to get involved, please contact us at info@dcrt.org.uk.     

 

Scheme Diagrams – Click for more detail

Where to take your photos

Video: What is Natural Flood Management?

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