This page is where you’ll find our emerging Action Plan.

The following section describes our Strategic Aims, giving an overview of what needs to happen to realise the vision. There are 7 key themes that provide the structure for the Plan and these are detailed in turn below, with the priority actions detailed. We are now working with funders and organisations already investing in the Culm catchment, to bring everyone together around these shared goals and how we can best collaborate to achieve them.

Flooding

Improve resilience to flooding so floodwaters don’t threaten communities or damage homes, businesses and critical transport infrastructure.

• improve soil quality & infiltration

• reconnect the river to its floodplain

• plant trees and hedgerows

• support beavers

• ensure new infrastructure and development is appropriate and genuinely resilient

Drought

Improve resilience to drought so water levels sustain wildlife and are sufficient for farming and business even during periods of drought.

• recharge aquifers by improving soil quality

• restore woodlands and heathlands

• create new wetlands

• plant trees to shade rivers

• support beavers

Water Quality

Reduce pollution entering the river from all sources so that the Culm’s water quality is rated as High, it supports thriving habitats and wildlife populations and is a pleasure for people to experience.

• reduce run-off from farmland by improving soil absorption

• manage fertilisers and farm wastes in line with regulations

• create buffer strips, woodland, and wetlands to filter runoff

• improve public and private sewage treatment works

• treat run-off from highways

Wildlife

Rebuild a landscape that is rich in wildlife by improving the management of existing wildlife sites and connecting them together by creating new or improved habitats.

• use the river network to reconnect natural habitats

• support land managers to adopt nature-friendly practices

• integrate with Local Nature Recovery Strategies

• support beavers

Carbon

Whilst delivering actions to improve resilience, restore as much carbon as possible in soils and woody vegetation to help reduce greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

• restore carbon to carbon-poor soils

• support woodland, wetland and hedgerow creation

• help landowners access carbon credits for carbon storage

Access

Encourage and enable people of all backgrounds, ages and abilities to connect with the river so that they can enjoy it to its full. Provide evidence and information to support wider improvements to transport and access issues that relate to the river.

• support schools, and disadvantaged & disabled people to access and engage with the river

• support public events and activities along the river

• support community volunteers to help deliver the Blueprint

• provide a website, learning materials, and library of resources

• support safe cycle routes linking villages through the valley, and the development of a riverside Stoke Canon to Uffculme walk route, alongside habitat creation

Heritage

Use an understanding of heritage to explore how people have lived with water in this valley through time, and to inform our actions for a resilient future. Protect and enhance key historic features in the landscape.

• recreate historic hedgerow patterns

• design new woodlands to integrate with historic features

• restore former mill leats and water-meadows

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