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Following the success of the TrUck project, we have now expanded to cover the rest of the River Ouse catchment (still including the Uck) via our new project - Sussex Flow Initiative.
Take a look at our new website for more details:
Trees on the River Uck Project
Trees on the River Uck is a new and innovative project that hopes to decrease the impacts of flooding in Uckfield town, by restoring natural river features such as floodplain woodlands.
After heavy rain, the water levels in the River Uck catchment naturally rise and fall very quickly. Years of changes to the river have increased the speed that water from the land and urban areas enters the river. These river changes have also hugely reduced the area available to naturally store floodwater upstream of Uckfield. This makes the natural ’flashiness’ of the Uck’s river flooding even more extreme.
These and other factors have contributed to some sizeable and damaging urban flood events in the town of Uckfield and its surrounds.
Flooding is a natural phenomenon, and it is not possible to prevent flooding altogether. However, we hope that by working together with local people, we can help to significantly reduce the likelihood of people’s houses and businesses flooding, as rainfall events become more extreme in the future.